With Oprah Winfrey having her own network, it was only a matter of time before she brought scripted productions to television. And who better to team with on a venture like this than proven television commodity and good friend Tyler Perry, who has agreed to produce two new series for OWN.
Perry has previously brought television series to Turner Broadcasting with "Meet The Browns" and "House of Payne." The exclusive multi-year contract with OWN will see Perry executive produce, write and direct both new series and potentially develop more down the road. "It's a dream realized to partner with Oprah and bring scripted programming to OWN,” said Perry. "She has accomplished so much with the network and I'm excited to work with her to be a part of its continued growth."
The news comes on the heels of the struggling network seeing some marked gains in its audience, now available in 85 million homes. Winfrey is confident that this latest endeavor will only serve to continue the trend. “I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come,” said Winfrey. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series. He has an incredible ability to illuminate life stories and characters in his unique voice and inspires and encourages people all over the world.”
Personally, I can't wait for the needlessly cumbersome titles of the new shows -- "Oprah Winfrey Presents Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns," "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself Presented By Oprah Winfrey," and so forth. Overall, this seems like a positive move for Oprah's network.