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Perry might be better known for his "Madea" films but he's just as active (and successful) as a TV showrunner. Based at his Atlanta studios, he's at a table read in the morning, then he leaves during rehearsals and does some writing in his office. It's back to the set at 2:30 to shoot, then he's off to make a film at night. "I can do that for about 90 days and then I need a long break," he once told THR. The strategy is working. Both "Payne" and "Browns" have 90-episode pickups at TBS.
Big Break: Perry's series of stage plays featuring his mad alter-ego Madea became so popular that Hollywood came calling.