Tyler Perry's "Browns" hitting syndication

Tyler Perry's TBS comedy series "Meet the Browns" is headed to broadcast syndication next year. Syndicator Debmar-Mercury has cleared the sitcom in more than 70 percent of the U.S. for a September debut on several major station groups, including Fox, Tribune, Weigel, CBS, Capital, Cox, Meredith, Granite and Belo. "Browns," based on the prolific writer/director's 2004 movie, ranks as the No. 1 series on TBS this season among adults aged 18-49, a demographic coveted by advertisers. About 40 episodes have aired since it premiered in January.

'Meet the Browns' 2.07 Clip: Meet the Cousins

A scene from TBS' " Meet the Browns " has been clipped as a sneak peek. Showing the time Miss Daisy is updating her family bible, the scene finds Leroy Brown joining her on the couch and discovering that their ancestors have some kind of connection. Titled "Meet the Cousins", the episode airs Wednesday, June 17. Also in the episode, Will has a lot of explaining to do when Sasha discovers photos on his cell phone from a bachelor party. One of the comedies created by Tyler Perry, "Meet the Browns" is in the middle of its second season. David Mann aka Mr. Brown revealed that his character is particularly growing this season. He said, "Cora accidentally does something that makes Mr. Brown think that he's on drugs. Mr. Brown is just everywhere. There are so many things that he's getting into this season." Source & Clip

Tyler Perry Sharpens the Anchor with Meet the Browns and House of Payne

Networks' spring presentations to advertisers are scripted affairs. At TNT and TBS' announcements last week, known as "upfronts," stars major and minor walked onstage in a hall filled with advertising executives to deliver carefully worded talks about their shows. Almost all read from prompters. Until Tyler Perry took the stage. The playwright, filmmaker and actor spoke with no notes about his two series on TBS: Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns . (Both return to TBS Wednesday, May 27 at 9 pm and 10 pm, respectively.) Perry didn't need a script because he was explaining the story of his life. When he started putting on his plays in the 1990s - a decade he partially spent sleeping in his car in Atlanta - he played to audiences of about 30 people. "What I would do after a performance is just what I'm doing now: I would go out and talk to the audience and I would ask them to sign up for the mailing list and I would ask, 'Who's the oldest person here? Who's the youngest person here?' I don't do a whole lot of, you know, the research things. My research came from our stage," he told the advertisers, whose profession relies almost entirely on knowing their markets. "Largely," Perry continued, "African-American women were in the audience and what I found, as most men in this room know, is if you are married, the women bring the men and the children and everybody to everything. So I know and I knew then that I needed to focus on them." It worked. When Perry came off the road in 2006 to focus on movies, television, and opening his own production studio, his plays were playing to audiences of up to 30,000 a week. Three of the six films he has written and directed since that year have debuted at the top of the box office. And TBS repeatedly told advertisers that Meet the Browns and House of Payne are the two top shows so far this year among African-American audiences aged 18-49. (The movies and shows are distributed by Lionsgate, which owns "Audiences are starving for a show like House of Payne, and Meet the Browns," Perry told "To have someone paying attention to them, giving them what they want... images that look like themselves." The series, like all Perry productions, are branded with his name before the title. Perry is happy for now to own Wednesday nights on TBS, but may soon lend his name to something else. He's long wanted his own network, and says an announcement could come soon. "It's a standalone type of night, and as I grow it from House of Payne to Meet the Browns and spread out with more and more shows, who knows?" he said. "I'm working on anchoring my own network, but this is a great place to sharpen the anchor." Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - Featured

* George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert (8 pm/ET CBS) The famously taciturn George Strait may not say a lot, but when he sings he speaks volumes. The Texas-born troubadour rode into Nashville on a song more than 25 years ago and is now the owner of an amazing 57 No. 1 singles on the country charts. It's no wonder the Academy of Country Music selected him as its artist of the decade, joining previous legends Marty Robbins (1960s), Loretta Lynn (1970s), Alabama (1980s) and Garth Brooks (1990s). Fortunately for Strait, he doesn't have to say much during tonight's all-star tribute. He gets to sit back and listen to a who's who of country artists literally sing his praises, such as Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Martina McBride. * Wipeout (8 pm/ET ABC) ABC's zany, splashy summer series returns for a second season of contestants tackling - and being tackled by - an extreme obstacle course. Your favorite obstacles from last season are back - with a few new ones thrown in for good measure, including Hurtles, Sweeper Gyro and a Bridge Too Far. One player will win, and the rest will wipe out. * Great Performances (8 pm/ET PBS) How did In the Heights, the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical set in a Latino neighborhood in New York City, come to be? This behind-the-scenes documentary was lucky to begin shooting early in the production process, tracking the play from the workshop stage to off-Broadway and, finally, to Broadway. Along the way, extended performance sequences are featured and the cast, including composer-lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, are profiled. * The Goode Family (9:01 pm/ET ABC) Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill) is one of the co-creators of this new animated comedy, which takes us inside the lives of a vegan, politically correct, environmentally conscious family. The Goodes certainly have good intentions, but their actions tend to backfire. In the opener, daughter Bliss tires of her mother's attempts to talk to her about sex and joins an abstinence group. * Meet the Browns (10 pm/ET TBS ) Creator, executive producer and director Tyler Perry's sitcom about the goings-on at a home for seniors kicks off its second season. In tonight's Perry tale, marrieds Will and Sasha attempt to keep youngsters Brianna and Joaquin from being adopted, with one of the offbeat residents even getting involved. And it gets bad, bad for LeRoy Brown: The center's overseer suspects that the neighborhood frat boys are growing pot, so he tries to smoke them out. A second new episode airs immediately afterward. *E! True Hollywood Story's 10 Greatest Stories Ever Told (10 pm/ET E! ) In celebration of the iconic series' 500th episode, the folks at E! will count down the docu-series' most compelling subjects and memorable shows to date. The elite top 10 were chosen based on three criteria: a knock-out story, killer ratings or a twist-of-fate follow up. One episode bound to be on the list? The 1996 series' premiere, which investigated the stalking and murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. Source Here

TBS wants more 'Browns'

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