10:02am PT by Michael O'Connell
OWN Orders a New Tyler Perry Comedy, Cancels 2 Others
The Oprah Winfrey Network is adding one new Tyler Perry series, ordering many more episodes from two current dramas and canceling two other shows.
The cable network, which saw ratings climb once it started airing the prolific producer's scripted series, adds comedy The Paynes to its lineup. The half-hour effort, which sees LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis reprising their roles as the titular Paynes, has already begun production at Perry's new Atlanta studio and will air on OWN in 2018.
But the best news might be fore drama The Haves and the Have Nots. OWN has added 44 episodes to the series — already in its fifth season. Additionally, If Loving You Is Wrong will get another 18 episodes.
It isn't all good news for the Perry suite. OWN also announced that upcoming seasons of comedies Love Thy Neighbor and For Better or Worse will also be their last. Both will move to Saturday nights, where OWN has had success plugging in unscripted fare but not any scripted, for their last episodes. (Both series will air through 2017 with 22 and 20 episodes respectively, premiering on March 4 (Love Thy Neighbor) and June 10 (For Better or Worse).
“Tyler has been an incredible collaborator, a great partner and has an unprecedented track record of success with his hit scripted series,” said OWN president Erik Logan. “Tyler’s shows are must see TV for his loyal audience and we are excited to offer up a brand-new comedy and more episodes of their favorite Tyler dramas on OWN. We also would like to thank the entire casts of both ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ and ‘For Better or Worse’ who have given us loads of laughs over the years. Both series have had great runs and we appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication.”
As reliant as OWN may have been on Perry, the network is now seeing great success with other scripted efforts. Dramas Greenleaf and Queen Sugar both premiered in 2017 to critical favor and Perry-esque ratings.