11 Aug

Who would have thought that those bootleg VHS tapes you brought from your local swap meets and beauty salons featuring a gun toting man in drag would one day be featured on its own network? Well that’s what Lionsgate, the engine behind Tyler’s Perry movie success is willing to bet on.

According the LA Times:

LOS ANGELES – Lionsgate is betting that Tyler Perry has the star power to carry an entire cable channel, Oprah Winfrey style.

That movie studio and Mr. Perry – whose flourishing African-American fan base consistently turns his plays, television shows and films into hits – are forming a new venture called Tyler TV, according to an industry official briefed on the matter who requested anonymity because the plans are private.

The partners will initially stock the channel with reruns of Mr. Perry’s sitcoms and movies, including the popular Madea series, in which he appears in drag as the title character, a gun-toting grandmother. They also plan to buy third-party content that meshes with Mr. Perry’s Christianity-tinged brand.

Lionsgate and Mr. Perry declined to comment.

So would you watch a network dedicated to Madea movies all day?


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