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Just two months after signing a multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, the network has picked up two projects from Tyler Perry in a clear move to help bring in more viewers.
Perry and OWN reached a multi-year deal in October, announcing that his two shows would begin airing in mid-2013. Perry had signed on to write, direct and executive produce both shows.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first show is a drama titled The Have and Have Nots, which focuses on an affluent family and their housekeeper's impoverished family. During the show, the families will deal with the obstacles and secrets in their lives’.
Love Thy Neighbor is a multi-camera comedy with the Love's Diner at the center. There, patrons enjoy great food, laughs and valuable life lessons from the crazy neighbors.
Each show will be produced by Tyler Perry Productions. No casting or additional writers were announced and it is not clear how many episodes were ordered.
Perry has already established himself in TV thanks to his hit shows at TBS. The network airs Tyler Perry's House of Payne, For Better or Worse and Meet The Browns, all sitcoms.
After struggling during its initial months, OWN’s ratings have been showing growth. Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav called Perry “the cherry on top” during a meeting with investors last week at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.