TBS Wants More Tyler Perry

TBS has already scored one hit with Tyler Perry, and it's hoping to have another starting early next year.

The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of a comedy based on Perry's play and movie "Meet the Browns." The show, which Perry will executive produce and direct, is scheduled to premiere in January, joining Perry's "House of Payne" on the TBS schedule.

"Tyler Perry is an extraordinary talent who has turned 'House of Payne' into a record-breaking hit," says Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. "We're thrilled at having the chance to repeat that success with Leroy Brown, a character already proven to be a big hit with audiences."

Actor David Mann will reprise his role from the movie as Leroy Brown, the head of a fun-loving Georgia family (he's also played the character in a few episodes of "House of Payne"). The sitcom will kick off with Leroy inheriting a run-down house from his late father.

"I am so excited to continue my relationship with TBS," Perry says. "It has been so fulfilling artistically, I feel as if I've been adopted into another family. An artist such as myself cannot imagine being in a partnership with any other network."

"House of Payne" debuted in June 2007 to an audience of more than 5 million people, making it the best premiere for a half-hour comedy in the history of ad-supported cable. It continues to draw strong ratings for TBS, averaging better than 3 million viewers per episode.