TBS, Debmar Mercury Work Their Magic With Tyler Perry Once More

Apr 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

It’s getting to be a habit. Once again TBS and Debmar Mercury are in business with Tyler Perry.

According to an announcement by the cable network, "TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the new series Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better or Worse’ from Tyler Perry Studios. The dramedy, based on Perry’s hit ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ films, marks the third Tyler Perry series to come to TBS, which is also home to Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Meet the Browns.’ As with ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Meet the Browns,’ syndication will be sold by Debmar Mercury."

The announcement notes, " ‘For Better or Worse’ marks a new direction for Tyler Perry’s television properties. Unlike his family-oriented sitcoms, ‘For Better or Worse’ will target young adults. Production on the series is slated to begin this summer at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta."

In addition, Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith will reprise their roles in the TV series.

The new series will come to TBS as "House of Payne" "prepares to end its highly successful run. ‘Even though it will be sad to say goodbye to ‘House of Payne,’ I’m really looking forward to exploring new territory with ‘For Better or Worse,’ ‘ said Tyler Perry in the release. ‘Working on ‘House of Payne’ taught me a lot about what it takes to make a successful television series and I’m looking forward to applying that experience to ‘For Better or Worse.’ ”

On the syndication side, according to the announcement, "TBS’s association with Perry and Debmar Mercury first began in May 2006 with the announcement of a ‘House of Payne’ test-run on 10 local independent stations. After the successful test, TBS and Debmar Mercury announced an additional 100 episodes of the series to air nationally on TBS. The first-of-its-kind deal marked a new model for the television industry."

In addition, "Debmar Mercury Co-President Mort Marcus said that "the entertainment industry has never seen anyone like Tyler Perry, an extraordinarily talented film/television/stage producer, writer, director, actor and mogul who is capable of repeatedly turning out hit after hit for both TBS and broadcast syndication." Debmar Mercury Co-President Ira Bernstein added, "We are thrilled to be associated with another of Tyler’s unique, remarkable and groundbreaking series."

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