8. Tyler Perry inks deal with OWN
Ta-ta, TBS! Tyler Perry is taking his act to OWN. The network has just announced an exclusive deal with Tyler, who will create OWN’s first ever original scripted series.
Under the deal, OWN will be the place to see all of Tyler’s new TV projects. That includes two scripted shows for the network, which are set to debut in mid 2013. OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey couldn’t be more excited about the deal.
“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come,” she said. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series."
"It’s a dream realized to partner with Oprah and bring scripted programming to OWN,” Tyler added. "She has accomplished so much with the network and I’m excited to work with her to be a part of its continued growth."