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TLC is staying in the scripted space.
The Discovery-owned cable network has renewed its first scripted original series, Too Close to Home, for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The series hails from prolific producer Tyler Perry and was picked up to series at TLC in March. The series launched last month on TLC as well as sister network OWN, which is home to four of Perry’s original series, grabbing a combined 4.2 million viewers for the premiere airings.
“Our audience was ready for a move into the scripted space, and Too Close to Home has whet their appetite to see more. More twists, more heartbreak and certainly more of Tyler Perry’s notoriously dramatic writing,” TLC president and general manager Nancy Daniels said Thursday in a statement.
The series centers on a successful young woman working in Washington who must confront her checkered past after an alleged affair with the president. The series stars Danielle Savre, Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict, Brooke Anne Smith, Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, Curran Walters and Derrick Gilbert, with Heather Locklear recurring as the first lady. Perry exec produces through his Tyler Perry Studios.
The second season of Too Close to Home will bow sometime in 2017.
The success of Too Close to Home is a needed win at TLC, which has seen its ratings fall in the last year.
Daniels specifically reached out to Perry — after getting the OK from the executives at OWN — about a series with the belief that his knack for soapy stories would be a good fit for the network. “This is an experiment for us, but when you go with somebody like Tyler, it’s a safer bet,” Daniels told THR in March.
Too Close to Home airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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