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Tyler Perry Announces Partnership with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN

Tyler Perry made a surprise announcement on his Facebook page, titled “YES IT’S TRUE!”

YES IT’S TRUE!

“As I sit here in Atlanta, it’s raining an abundant rain. It makes me think of my mother. She loved the rain and I do too. It is befitting that this announcement would be made on a day like today. Yes it’s true, Oprah and I have joined forces. We’ve formed a partnership for OWN and I’m super excited about it. I’ll fill you in more as we get closer to the airing of my shows. I have a lot of questions for you about this, so stay close, OK? I need your help.”

Perry, the filmmaker and entrepreneur best known for his madcap comic character Madea, has entered an exclusive partnership with OWN to make the network his “singular destination for all new television series and projects.” That includes two new scripted series on track to premiere in mid 2013.

Perry’s series will be OWN’s first step into the scripted world, and the deal comes at a time when the struggling network is on a ratings upswing.

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