Tyler Perry penned an emotional Facebook post this morning asking for some respect and privacy for Bobby Brown and the family of Whitney Houston. Bobbi Kristina Brown is in a hospice after doctors have given up any hope of a recovery. The media mogul wrote the post because he says of “blatant disrespect, lies, and ignorance that are rapidly printed in this awful time.” The stories he is referring to is the ones that say a tent has been put up at the hospice and reports of a hearse at the facility.
This morning I woke up with Whitney on my mind. I couldn’t help but think about all that she must have dreamed for her child. I know this was not her dream… And as difficult as this time is for the people that love both Whitney and Krissi, what makes it more egregious is the blatant disrespect, lies, and ignorance that are rapidly printed in this awful time. For some reason, it has become human nature in our society to look for, seek out, and celebrate darkness, glory in Read more
Oprah Winfrey has taken her network into the black. The media mogul has seen her network, OWN, turn a profit in the second quarter. David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, half-owner of the network says this happened six months ahead of schedule.
He adds that OWN has pulled down big ratings thanks to Tyler Perry shows, Have and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. Oprah’s big interviews have also drawn good ratings. New advertisers have signed up and commitments from distribution companies is also up.
The network’s target audience, women aged 25-54 years old, has increased, bumping up viewership by 39 percent.
Oprah Winfrey reprised her role of Sofia from The Color Purple to do a promo for OWN network and Tyler Perry’s new shows. In the video Sophia runs into Tyler dressed as Madea. Madea rolls up on Sophia stomping down a country road and asks where can she find OWN. Sophia responds:
“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight the press folks, I had to fight the ratings, I had to fight them haters. Girl child ain’t safe in a world full of cable channels. I loves OWN, God knows I do but I ain’t gone let nobody beat me. You want a great cable channel? You find OWN like everybody else been doing.”
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Here’s the first look at Tyler Perry’s upcoming film, Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor. The movie stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, Renee Taylor and Brandy Norwood. Jurnee plays the counselor who is married to Lance Gross and is seduced into an affair with Robbie Jones. Read more
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has greenlit two original scripted series by Tyler Perry. The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor will both be written and directed by Tyler Perry. The Haves and the Have Nots is a drama about two families, one rich and one poor. Love Thy Neighbor is a comedy about a diner filled with quirky characters.
Oprah Winfrey signed a production deal with Tyler a few months ago to bring original scripted show to the channel.
Tyler Perry dropped 30 pounds for his Alex Cross role and he’s showing off the results in Men’s Health magazine. The mogul worked with a trainer to drop the weight and add some muscle. He did hour-long circuits, free-weight and cable work in the morning and practiced martial arts for his role in the afternoon. Read more