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TLC Orders First Scripted Series from Tyler Perry

Politically Themed Drama is Tentatively Called 'Too Close to Home'

TLC has ordered eight episodes of a scripted drama from Tyler Perry tentatively called “Too Close to Home,” which will tell the story of a young woman who escaped her working class upbringing to discover unparalleled success in the fast-paced Washington, D.C. political circuit, only to find herself at the center of a scandal. After a steamy affair with a married senator makes national headlines, she is forced to return back to her trailer park beginnings, where her past, and everyone in it, resurfaces to complicate everything.

“At TLC, we want to give our viewers more of what they love, and more of what we do best — we tell stories of big, fascinating characters and we tell them without judgment,” said Nancy Daniels, President of TLC and Discovery Life in a statement. “This year we’re also making a big move into the scripted space with Tyler Perry and bringing back our beloved property programming with big names like Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. We’re beyond excited to introduce our audience to new content and refresh a genre that TLC dominated for years.”

Tyler Perry will write, direct and executive produce “Too Close to Home.” The cast and official premiere date will be announced at a later time.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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