Tyler Perry Signs Deal for New TV Show “For Better or Worse”
Tyler Perry is back in business with TBS.
The multi-millionaire Hollywood mogul just signed his latest deal with the Turner-owned network for “For Better or Worse,” a dramedy series based on his “Why Did I Get Married?” film franchise.
Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith (of the hit film franchise) are set to reprise their roles as television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela.
Like Perry’s past projects with TBS, “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” the new series will initially roll out with 10 episodes. If the show reaches a certain ratings threshold during its initial run, the network will order 90 more.
“Tyler Perry’s series have been tremendously successful for TBS, helping establish the network as a prime destination for African-American viewers,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “Given such a remarkable track record, we’re excited for the opportunity to expand our relationship with Tyler Perry and Debmar-Mercury with the new series For Better or Worse.”
The series will be syndicated by Debmar Mercury, and is set to begin production this summer, just as Perry wraps production on Payne after a staggering 222 episodes.
“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 Perry. “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.”