TLC Greenlights Tyler Perry Drama as First Scripted Series

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyler Perry has negotiated a deal with TLC to write, direct and executive produce a new drama and first scripted series for the cable outlet. BOTH and TLC and OWN are under the same corporation, Discovery Communications.

Titled “Too Close To Home,” the eight-part drama series will center on a young woman who achieves unparalleled success on the Washington political circuit, only to see it slip away when her affair with a married senator makes headlines. She is forced back to her trailer-park beginnings, where her past and its players resurface.  In terms of casting, but TLC president Nancy Daniels states that the roles will“to have the cast reflect the country.”

In case anyone is wondering about Perry’s relationship with Oprah and the network, THR states that Daniels got the blessing of OWN executives before moving forward with a project from the network’s most successful (and prolific) contributor. “We’ve been in lockstep,” she says, emphasizing how important it is for the company to maintain Perry’s collection of series at OWN.