Tyler Perry Brings the 'Payne' to TBS
Sitcom debuts on cable next year, in syndication in '08
The "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" creator is working with syndication company Debmar-Mercury to launch a sitcom called "Tyler Perry's House of Payne." The show, which had a test run in a few cities earlier this year, will launch on TBS in June 2007 and move into broadcast syndication the following year on a handful of FOX-owned stations.
The show, about a multi-generational family sharing the same house, has been in production for a while, and Perry expects to have a library of 100 episodes before the show even premieres on TBS.
"For a creator, you couldn't ask for a better opportunity," Perry says. "With TBS and FOX committed to 100 episodes of my series, I can concentrate on telling great stories and producing the best series possible."
Syndicated sitcoms are a rarity in TV, but Perry's track record with "Diary" and this year's "Madea's Family Reunion" helped sell "House of Payne." The series stars Allen Payne ("The Perfect Storm"), LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis ("Madea's Family Reunion") and Rochelle Aytes ("White Chicks"). Perry will write and direct episodes and executive produce the series.
Following its premiere on TBS next year, the show will debut on FOX-owned stations in New York, Houston, Washington and Dallas, as well as independent station WCIU in Chicago in the summer of 2008. The four FOX stations are part of the new MyNetwork TV, which launches in the fall.