July 24, 2009

TBS extends ‘House of Payne’ run

TBS says it is expanding its partnership with Tyler Perry and Debmar-Mercury by ordering 20 more episodes of the U.S. sit-com Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

The order will bring the number of episodes in the series to 172.

We have a terrific relationship with Tyler Perry, and this deal means new episodes of 'House of Payne' will continue to air on TBS well into the future, Michael Wright -- executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies -- said in a statement. Tyler stands alone in the entertainment business today as an entrepreneur who knows his audience. It's great to continue working with Tyler and our partners at Debmar-Mercury.

Tyler Perry has created the first sit-com in history to reach this many episodes in just two years, an amazing achievement that only a handful of top comedies have been able to achieve after many, many years, added Debmar-Mercury Co-President Mort Marcus.

TBS' extension of this great program affirms the value of this groundbreaking sit-com model, which Tyler quickly turned from a dream into a phenomenal success, noted Debmar-Mercury Co-President Ira Bernstein.