Perry's 'Browns' moving in at TBS

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Tyler Perry is spinning off his play and movie "Meet the Browns" into a sitcom, which TBS has picked up for a January debut.

TBS, which already airs Perry's sitcom "House of Payne," has ordered 10 episodes of the show from Debmar-Mercury, which syndicates both series. Perry is serving as executive producer and director and will occasionally write for the series.

"Browns" stars David Mann as Leroy Brown, a character who was in Perry's film this year as well as in several episodes of "Payne." Perry might cameo in one episode as his ubiquitous character Madea.

Should "Browns" do well over its initial run, TBS likely will order a substantial number of additional episodes as it did with "Payne" and will be able to air the series exclusively for 12-15 months before it launches as a strip in broadcast syndication. (partialdiff)
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