TBS Orders Spin-Off of 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne'
TBS Orders Spin-Off of 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After the successful run of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, the sitcom that seeks to illustrate struggles with faith and love in an African-American household with three generations of family within it, TBS has decided to pick up yet another project from series creator Tyler Perry.  This time, the network has ordered 10 episodes of the spin-off entitled Meet the Browns, which is based on Perry's film and play of the same name.

"Tyler Perry is an extraordinary talent who has turned House of Payne into a record-breaking hit," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said in a statement.  "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."

Meet the Browns, which marks the latest venture from the creative force behind Tyler Perry's House of Payne, stars David Mann as Leroy Brown, a character who earlier this year was featured in Perry's hit film.  He has also appeared in several episodes of House of Payne on TBS.  The new series kicks off after Brown inherits a dilapidated house from his deceased father.

Additionally, the new sitcom also features Tamela Mann, known for her role as Cora in Tyler Perry's plays including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and What's Done in the Dark.

Meanwhile, Perry is once again serving as executive producer and director, as well as occasionally writing for Meet the Brows, just like he does for House of Payne.

"I am so excited to continue my relationship with TBS," Perry said.  "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."

Meet the Browns is slated to premiere in January 2009.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: TBS
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