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Tyler Perry Joins OWN

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry
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The Oprah Winfrey Network recently announced a new partnership with Tyler Perry. The network will become the new home for all of Perry's television series and projects, the first of which will be two new scripted shows to premiere next year. Perry, star and producer of the popular Madea plays and films, said it's a "dream realized" to have an opportunity to partner with Oprah. "She has accomplished so much with the network and I'm excited to work with her to be a part of its continued grown," Perry said. The deal with Perry will mark the network's first foray into scripted programming.

Perry is also the pen behind the tremendous success at TBS with "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," "Meet the Browns," and "For Better or Worse." His first television series, "House of Payne," which stars Allen Payne in the central role, made history as cable's biggest comedy debut ever and it continued to garner top ratings until Perry's second series, "Meet the Browns," premiered with high ratings as well. 

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