Tyler Perry to create shows exclusively for OWN

Tyler Perry (Peter Kramer/AP)

OWN will become Perry’s “singular destination” for all new TV series, including the network’s first two scripted shows, scheduled to debut in mid-2013. Perry will exec-produce, write and direct both series.

Winfrey and Perry previously collaborated on the flick “Precious.”

Until now, Perry’s TV series have run on TBS — including the very popular “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns” and “For Better or Worse.”

OWN will retain all rights to Perry’s programming for the network, according to a network rep.

“Bringing Tyler Perry exclusively to OWN is a major coup. Today’s announcement demonstrates the power of the Oprah brand to attract some of the biggest names in television and film to OWN,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav crowed Monday.

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