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Tyler Perry Is Coming to TLC: 5 Things You Need to Know About His New Series

posted: 03/30/16
by: TLCme
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Tyler Perry, the mogul whose resume includes "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and the subsequent Madea movies as well as the hit television show "The Haves and Have Nots," will write, direct and executive produce a new show for TLC. This summer, "Too Close to Home" (working title) will tell the story of a young woman who is forced to return to her humble beginnings after a scandal ruins her political career. Here's what we know about the eight-part series so far.

1. It's TLC's first scripted series

Though the network is known for it's documentary-style shows focusing on real-life characters such as "The Long Island Medium" and "The Little Couple," TLC president Nancy Daniels says this series is a calculated risk: "This is an experiment for us, but when you go with somebody like Tyler it's a safer bet."

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2. It's going to bring the DRAMA

Like most of Perry's work, there will be no shortage of surprising turns and emotional moments. The series will center on woman who has a hugely successful political career that quickly dissolves when it's revealed that she's having an affair with a married senator. She is forced to leave Washington DC and return to her trailer-park beginnings, where she'll have to deal with her past -- and everyone from it! What could be more dramatic than that?

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3. ...And the humor

Perry is also known for his sense of humor, even when dealing with tricky topics. We know that he'll build a few laughs into what will be a very juicy script.

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4. No actors are attached yet

Though casting hasn't begun, Daniels says her desire is "to have the cast reflect the country." Perry will obviously have a large say in who makes the cut.

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5. The fashion is going to be on-point

Perry's work usually has a sleek aesthetic, and we can't wait to see what his team dreams up for costumes. Can you image the political power suits and toned-down hometown outfits? We're sure they'll be epic, as is everything Perry produces.

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