Tyler Perry may launch Cable TV Network

Thursday, August 11, 2011

By TV Insider
JR Staff Writer

In 2004, Tyler Perry made a deal with Lionsgate to turn a number of his plays into films. Each film Perry developed with Lionsgate became a box office hit. Following his 2006 films, Tyler Perry decided to create a sitcom. Perry established a deal with a syndication company and pitched to TBS.

Following the success of "House of Payne" in syndication, TBS picked up 100 episodes of the series. Quickly, Tyler Perry became one of TBS' biggest producers. On the heels of his first sitcom, came his second, "Meet the Browns." Both sitcoms were tremendous successes for Perry and TBS.

Before the premiere of "Meet the Browns," Tyler Perry announced he may launch his own television network. In 2009, there were rumors he would be partnering with Turner, the parent company of TBS, to launch this network. Having a net worth well over $300 million, Tyler Perry could easily launch his own network without the help of anyone.

Earlier this year, Tyler Perry decided to end "House of Payne," however he will soon be bringing more sitcoms to TBS. Still, there are rumors of a Tyler Perry network. Tentatively titled Tyler TV, the network will show reruns of old Perry sitcoms, along with a number of his films. There is no set launch date for this television network.


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