Friday, April 09, 2021

Tyler Perry Madea Series Coming to Showtime

Back in the mid 2000's media mogul Tyler Perry helped revive the TBS Network with his long running sitcoms House of Payne and its spin off Meet the Browns. Then Tyler helped cement the early success of Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network with his popular night time soap opera The Haves and the Have Nots before moving on to BET two years ago. 

Now Tyler Perry's larger than life character Madea is coming to Showtime...

According to reports Tyler Perry has inked a deal with Showtime to produce a series based on the origin story of Mabel 'Madea' Simmons. The scripted series will follow Mabel, before she was Madea,  during her early 20s after moving to Atlanta in the 1970s. 

The surprising part of this story is that the series is being scripted by twin sister writing partners JaNeika and JaSheika James and NOT Tyler Perry, though he is the executive producer. 

Fun Fact: The Madea character is loosely based on Tyler Perry's late mother and her sister.