TBS wants more 'Browns'

Tyler Perry sitcom gets 70-episode order

TBS has ordered an 70 additional episodes of Tyler Perry's sitcom "Meet the Browns."

The "House of Payne" spinoff received the enormous additional episode order after only 10 episodes on the network.

"Browns" debuted in January and quickly became ad-supported cable's highest-rated comedy. Perry, along with co-producer Debmar-Mercury, negotiated a similar deal for "Payne." Launched in 2006, TBS ordered 10 episodes of "Payne," then an additional 90.

"Tyler Perry and TBS have turned the traditional sitcom model on its head with hit comedies like 'Meet the Browns' and 'House of Payne,' " said Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury. "We couldn't have asked for better partners."

Perry serves as owner, creator, executive producer and director of both series.