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By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor


Oprah Winfrey‘s cable network Own (the Oprah Winfrey Network) is making its first venture into scripted TV.

The network has entered into a partnership with director, writer, producer and actor Tyler Perry, who is best known for his over-the-top portrayal of the character Madea in several films, to make it the place for his shows and projects. Part of the deal requires that Perry produce two new scripted series for Own to premiere in mid-2013.

“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television,” Winfrey says. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler, who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series. He has an incredible ability to illuminate life stories and characters in his unique voice and inspires and encourages people all over the world. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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