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TBS’ House of Payne Ending; For Better or Worse Ordered

House of PayneTBS has announced that Tyler Perry will produce a third sitcom for the cable channel. Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse will be based on his Why Did I Get Married? movie.

They’ve also announced the ending of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. You may recall that, after a test run of 10 episodes, TBS ordered 100 episodes back in 2006. Additional orders followed and have they’ve accumulated 220 installments that will keep the show running in syndication for some time.

Here’s the combined press release from TBS:

TBS Orders Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”
Dramedy Based on Perry’s Hit “Why Did I Get Married?” Films
Debmar Mercury to Sell Syndication Rights

TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the new series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse from Tyler Perry Studios. The dramedy, based on Perry’s hit Why Did I Get Married? films, marks the third Tyler Perry series to come to TBS, which is also home to Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns. As with House of Payne and Meet the Browns, syndication will be sold by Debmar Mercury.

Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse follows the ups-and-downs of married life for Marcus and Angela, two characters who originated in the feature films Why Did I Get Married and Why Did I Get Married Too? Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) and Tasha Smith (Couples Retreat) are set to reprise the roles of television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela. Additional cast members to be announced.

For Better or Worse marks a new direction for Tyler Perry’s television properties. Unlike his family-oriented sitcoms, For Better or Worse will target young adults. Production on the series is slated to begin this summer at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

“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 (TCM). “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.”

For Better or Worse comes just as Tyler Perry’s history-making House of Payne prepares to end its highly successful run. “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 Tyler 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.”

Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein commented, “The entertainment industry has never seen anyone like Tyler Perry, an extraordinarily talented film/television/stage producer, writer, director, actor and mogul who is capable of repeatedly turning out hit after hit for both TBS and broadcast syndication. We are thrilled to be associated with another of Tyler’s unique, remarkable and groundbreaking series.”

TBS’s association with Perry and Debmar-Mercury first began in May 2006 with the announcement of a House of Payne test-run on 10 local independent stations. After the successful test, TBS and Debmar-Mercury announced an additional 100 episodes of the series to air nationally on TBS. The first-of-its-kind deal marked a new model for the television industry.

The national premiere of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne on TBS in June 2007 drew 5.9 million viewers, at the time basic cable’s biggest sitcom audience ever. The show remained basic cable’s #1 sitcom until TBS’s August 2008 premiere of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. For the first quarter of 2011, House of Payne and Meet the Browns ranked among television’s Top 5 primetime sitcoms with African-American adults 18-34 and 18-49.

About Tyler Perry
Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry’s strength, faith and perseverance would later form the foundations of his plays, films, books and shows. A simple piece of advice from Oprah set his career in motion as a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences led to his writing of a musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed, in 1992. Five years later with no money left, sleeping in seedy motels and his car, Perry’s faith in himself and God only got stronger, allowing him to forge ahead. In 1998, his perseverance paid off when the play began a limited church run. The community came out in droves and Perry never looked back as he began an incredible run of eight plays in eight years. Madea first debuted in 2000′s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and spawned three more plays leading to Perry’s jump to the big screen with 2005′s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which debuted at #1 nationwide. He followed with Madea’s Family Reunion, Daddy’s Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet the Browns, The Family That Preys, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and For Colored Girls, which were all met with massive fan support and commercial success. Madea’s Big Happy Family, which was first a stage play, is currently in theaters and opened at over $25 million. In 2006, Perry’s first book, Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries On Life and Love, shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and claimed two Quill Book Awards. In 2007, Perry expanded his brand to television with the series House of Payne, the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time and followed that up with Meet the Browns, the second highest debut ever on cable, after House of Payne. Perry has also signed on to produce Lionsgate upcoming comedy We the Peeples and will play the lead in Good Deeds and the title character in Rob Cohen’s I, Alex Cross.

About Debmar-Mercury
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; produces (with ITV STUDIOS AMERICA) and distributes The Jeremy Kyle Show, debuting in September 2011; distributes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; distributes Are We There Yet?, a new sitcom from Revolution Studios’ Joe Roth and Cube Vision, starring Ice Cube, debuting in national syndication in fall 2012; distributes strips Hell’s Kitchen, Family Feud, South Park and True Hollywood Story; and distributes a movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next-generation studio.

About TBS
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network and is available in 100.8 million households. It serves as home to such original comedy series as Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien, and Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office and The Big Bang Theory, which begins later this year; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases; and championship sports.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Are you sorry that House of Payne is ending? Are you interested in For Better or Worse?

 

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verne August 6, 2012 at 7:11 am

Will truly miss this program, my favorite tv show.

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VALERIE CALLANTA August 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I AM SO GLAD THERE IS A COMMENT HERE I WANTED TO SAY NONONONONONONONONONNONONONONONONONONO PLEASE DON’T GO. THE BEST SHOWS NEVER STAY. LIKE I LOVE LUCY,NEVER BEEN OFF THE AIR. I LOVE ALL THE ACTORS ON THE SHOW, CURTIS MAKES ME LAUGH AND I DON’T LIKE MUCH COMEDY BUT I LOVE THIS SHOW SSSOOO MUCH, I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE SHOWS IN OAKLAND WITH THE SOME OF THE CREW FROM H.O.P. TYLER PERRY IS THE BEST MOST HANDSOMEST, TALENTED AND I AM GOING TO CRY. WHEN YOU JUST FIND A NEW FAMILY. I ONLY HOPE THE BEST FOR ALL OF THEM LET THEM KNOW WHEREVER THEY ARE I WILL BE THERE WATCHING FROM A GOOD SEAT. SHOULD THEY ALL HAVE A BLESSED LIFE. LOVE YOU ALL. VALERIE CALLANTA

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Anonymous August 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I really hate to see this show end……I enjoyed hearing Miss Ella and her spiritrial ways. And Curtis was very entertaining as well. I’ve smiled, laughed and cried this show. I was hoping to see Malik and Jasmine grow and have faimlies of their own. But we have to get used to the idea that a show always comes to end, it I just wish it could of been on longer ;)

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Boss August 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

I love the show I can’t believe its going off the air,for better or worse is ok but come on house of Payne……

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Anonymous August 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I see how white views control positive african american families being looked at on television because i promise u black families were watching and they are actually saying ther replacing it for a black family show that’s what white america view us as but hey money talks right promise u this show won’t last there are to many wack actors on the show it’s very boring so hey good luck but i will very so much miss house of payne .

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barth hobbs July 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I am sorry my child wont get to grow up with a African-AMerican based show like had with the Cosby show ,ya hurd me

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the mom July 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

I am VERY sorry that Meet the Browns has ended and House of Payne will be ending as well. There are very few television shows that my family can enjoy TOGETHER. I appreciated not having to worry about the content of any episode we viewed as a family. My children (16, 13, & 7) looked forward to all of us gathering on Friday evenings to get some great laughs and powerful lessons.

Mr. Perry, please don’t forget about family television. We want to see shows that depict healthy marital/family relationships and positive growth. We all know people who reflect the lives depicted in For Better or Worse. Those are the folks who aren’t invited over for dinner and aren’t exposed to our children. We welcomed the Payne family & the Brown family in our home every week…to laugh, cry, and grow from their experiences. Many valuable family discussions came from situations the Payne’s and the Brown’s faced.

I believe I speak for many people when I say that as parents, we try to set a Godly example of healthy relationships and healthy communication. We teach our children to be obedient, respect their elders, make wise decisions, and treat people how they’d like to be treated. We KNOW we aren’t perfect people, we fall very short of that mark…but strive everyday to be better, and we don’t relish in being imperfect. I feel your characters in Meet the Browns and House of Payne embodied that mindset as well, while your characters in For Better or Worse do not.

Mr. Perry, I implore you, PLEASE don’t forget about the families who want to enjoy your creative gift through television. Will you support us with like-minded television programming? Please?

Blessings…the mom

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Traci B. May 17, 2012 at 7:27 am

I’m really going to miss the show.
I look forward to seeing this family every week, not just for a few laughs but… for the powerful messages, and lessons that the cast left us with week after week.

They’re so many shows on t.v that depicts people in such a negative light, it was very refreshing to see positive people promoting positive enegry on camera.

I really enjoyed seeing the cast protray love, and faith without being ashame to do so.
Thank you, Mr. Perry,
for the show and everything that it repersent for our culture.
Please change your mind about cancelling this show?

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Michele Johnson May 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Please don’t take our Shows off…

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Bobbie Smith January 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I am going to really miss House of Payne and meet the Browns..to me this was the best two on tv. Could not wait for them to come on each week .Please dont let it end like this !!!! I have seen For better or Worse but it does not have the humor that we all loved about the other two I can not belive they are ending with such a sad scene…

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Anonymous May 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I agree, I haven’t seen the new show, but House of Payne & Meet the Brrowns are the funniest sitcom on TV right now, please don’t take them away….Tyler Is a amazing, writer, actor…… I always am excited when I hear he got another one coming out…. Please keep our shows on….God Bless

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dolly west January 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

love the house of payne sorry it’s going away. It made my fri nites

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Terry January 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

If Tyler Perry has filmed Calvin getting killed, PLEASE re-write script before season finale………..THe Paynes are family…………..

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Gracie Robinson January 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I have loved every minute of House of Payne. It’s like an old friend when the week is finished I have something to look forward to. I don’t think I’m gonna like anything else as much as I like House of Payne. It’s like losing an old friend after forever. Please rethink this!

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Brooke November 19, 2011 at 3:26 am

I’m so bummed the show is ending. I live 30 miles out of Atlanta and I met the dad of one of the baby twins. He said that Perry is awesome to work with!! I hate it that meet the Browns is ending too. It seems that it was mentioned just at the last minute instead of months ahead like House of Payne was.

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Bennelle R. November 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I really enjoyed House Of Payne. It was a great family show that many of us could relate to. It is very sad to see it go off the aire. Im sure Mr. Perry will end the show with a bang. It is amazing how he developed these characters that were very loveable. Many people like myself probably have people in our lives that resemble these characters. And like when loved ones go away, it will be very sad to see the Paynes run end. Wish you could reconsider ending the show, but nothing lasts forever. Getting my box sets soon lol. Thanks for the laughs and tears Mr. Perry!

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Anonymous January 16, 2012 at 6:08 am

I hate that “House of Payne” & “Meet The Browns? have both ended. However, how can they end “House of Payne” with Calvin getting shot in the chest at close range while the entire family, including Curtis Payne, are at church? What a sad way to end that wonderful sit com. I was hoping there would be at least one more show where Calvin is some how saved from the gunshot wound.

Since both of these shows have brought a lot of laughter to me, I live alone, I’m very thankful to Tyler Perry for all of his successes. I’m also an avid “Madea” fan!!!!

BJ Christian

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admin January 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

Anonymous ยป There are still many episodes to come. That wasn’t the last episode. I believe there are 264 episodes and that was 212.

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