In signature Tyler Perry style, the movie and television producer, director and writer has posted, only on his message board, very brief details regarding the premiere of his limited edition talk show, which starts tonight. Perry has avoided the trappings of mainstream media to reach out to his fans, personally, to let people know about his latest project, the “Tyler Perry Show,” which airs Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 at 9 p.m. (CST) on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The message was also relayed to the fans on his e-mail list today, as a most personal outreach to the myriad fans of the man who has, and can, do it all by himself in the world of entertainment.
Perry’s latest television project, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” is a weekly drama is billed an “American prime-time soap opera that debuted in 2013 as an extension of work that developed from his original stage play of the same name. The central character, Grandma Hattie Mae, is not anything like Perry’s signature character, “Madea,” but the program has developed a good audience and features a strong cast of characters who are well known within the Tyler Perry Studios, which bypasses the classic Hollywood starmaker machinery and gives qualified and talented unknowns an anchor by which to establish their acting chops.
From Tyler Perry movies, some actors like Taraji P. Henson, Sofia Vergara, and David and Tamela Mann to expand their television roles and presence based on being featured in a Tyler Perry movie. Yet, these same movies have also been a strong showcase for well-known Hollywood actors Angela Bassett, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Mike Epps, Kathy Baker, Eugene Levy, and other longtime movie favorites to have a positive impact and more screen time than some cameo appearances in movies allow.
After all these years, Perry continues to defy the need to follow the “same old, same old” way to draw audiences, build a fan base and he’s winning. The man is a veritable one-person social media machine who writes to his fans, even when he has nothing to promote. And, because there are absolutely no press releases flowing from the Oprah Winfrey Network (on which Perry’s TV shows now air), or Perry himself, the public has only learned that there will be three episodes of “The Tyler Perry Show” for now.
Right after the heart-stopping show tonight, I'm doing a very special Tyler Perry Show. There will be only three episodes of this for the next three weeks. I'll be talking to the cast of ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ as well as talking about my new movie, The Single Moms Club. I sure hope you are planning on hanging with me tonight to watch both. I can't wait to hear from you. You know you're the real critics.
Perry’s “Haves and Have Nots” series has amassed 3,000,000 weekly viewers, Perry says, and this season is winding down, so his talk show premieres in time to strengthen viewers for final season episodes of that program. But timing is everything, in that the new talk show will help showcase and promo “The Single Moms Club” movie, that will be in theaters on Mar. 14.
Not everyone understands, regards, or respects Tyler Perry as a multimedia mogul, but it’s their choice and loss if they don’t. Perry creates movies, plays and television shows that treat real-life situations with a touch of love, an abundance of humor, and the grace of faith that keep you focused on “good times are ahead, just around the corner,” right when you need a lift and an escape from the mundane routine of predictability.
Perry is a modest man who has “made good” without any advantages at all in life. Tyler also understands how to give back, and not brag about it. As one example, if you think back to Whitney Houston’s funeral, you remember record mogul and wealthy scion, Clive Davis, who amassed a personal fortune many times over
thanks to Whitney’s records. Davis was looked to as the grand marshal of the parade boo-hooing over Whitney’s passing.
But it was not his personal plane or his chartered plane that assured Ms. Houston’s body would be transported from Beverly Hills to New Jersey. It was Tyler Perry’s private jet that brought her home and that would have not been known without TMZ. That’s what you do when you have character and class, you don’t wait to be asked; you volunteer.
Tonight begins the first of (for now) three episodes of “The Tyler Perry Show” on the Oprah Winfrey Network at 9 p.m. (CST). And now you know. Tune in to find out what is next from the