Spike Lee is fuming at this news right here. I could definitely seeing this happening next year and I would not bet against this being successful. For all the critiques of Perry’s films who feel they are chock full of cooness and stereotypes this is not a good sign.
via NY Times
Tyler TV, which is still a working title, is intended as a home base for the prolific Mr. Perry — just as Ms. Winfrey, one of Mr. Perry’s most ardent supporters, now operates OWN. But as OWN demonstrates, cable plans that seem promising can be tricky. Ms. Winfrey’s channel, a partnership with Discovery Communications, has been a major ratings disappointment.
The days when media companies could easily introduce channels have long passed because of a clogged cable dial and competition from the Web, among other factors. If a television queen like Ms. Winfrey has a difficult time making a go of it, even with the backing of a cable colossus like Discovery, might it seem presumptuous of Lionsgate and Mr. Perry to expect success?
Maybe not. While Ms. Winfrey is reaching for a broad audience, Mr. Perry has always focused on a narrow and loyal niche: African-American women. His fans have a history of following him across the entertainment spectrum. Mr. Perry’s stage performances sell out in minutes. His two TBS comedies, “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” have generated solid ratings, and a third series, “For Better or Worse,” will begin in the fall.