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Did Tyler Perry “save” OWN?

Did Tyler Perry “save” OWN?

By Angela L. Braden

Tyler Perry is bringing record numbers to OWN with his hit dramas, “The Have and the Haves Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong.”

While critics of Perry call his writing “lazy” and “underdeveloped”, Perry’s original dramas on OWN are a huge success for Perry and the network.  According to Deadline, the two shows averaged 2.5 million viewers during last year’s season.  And the ratings have only gotten better for the two original series.

The season finale of “The Haves and the Have Nots” had more than 3.5 million viewers, impressively making the show the most watched television program on cable television.

The season premier of “If Loving You is Wrong” garnered 2.9 million viewers, which was a huge leap from last season’s premier of the show.

It’s no secret that before Perry agreed to partner with Oprah to bring original programming to OWN, the network was on life support, only surviving on spin offs of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” such as Oprah’s Next Chapter and Oprah’s Master Class.  Now, the network is steadily improving in ratings, thanks to the on and off screen genius of Perry.

Perry began his career in entertainment in the mid-90s, writing and directing “gospel plays.”  After experiencing a great deal of success on what many call “the chitlin’ circuit,” Perry ramped up his success by bankrolling movie projects that he wrote and directed.  He then partnered with TBS to bring original shows to that network, such as “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne.”

According to multiple news sources, Perry is working hard to develop more original shows for OWN.  The faithful fans of Perry’s brand of drama and comedy will surely be tuning in to OWN to see what the Atlanta-based mogul is cooking.


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