OWN acquires Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” and orders more “Love Thy Neighbor”

Good news for Tyler Perry fans as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network recently announced that it will premiere Season 3 of Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse in September, and that it has doubled the order of new episodes for Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor.

For Better or Worse aired its first two seasons on TBS and will debut Season 3 on OWN Sept. 18 at 9pm ET/PT with two back-to-back half-hour episodes. The comedy — written, directed, executive-produced and created by Tyler Perry — centers on salon owner Angela Williams (Tasha Smith) and her husband, former pro football player Marcus (Michael Jai White), and looks at how they and two other couples navigate the ups-and-downs of dating and marriage.

In the season premiere of For Better or Worse, Leslie (Crystle Stewart) rushes to the hospital on her wedding day after finding out Joseph (Jason Olive) has been in a serious accident, leaving her pending nuptials to fiancé Chris (Eddie Cibrian) in question.

In other Tyler Perry/OWN news, the network also announced that it has ordered an additional 26 episodes of the popular new comedy series Love Thy Neighbor that debuted back in May. This brings the total season order to 52 episodes. The current cycle of Love Thy Neighbor episodes ended last night, and the new episodes will start up again in January 2014 on OWN (For Better or Worse takes over its 9pm Wednesday time slot in the meantime starting Sept. 18).

Set in a family-run diner, where feisty matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) has her hands full managing both her customers and her family drama, Love Thy Neighbor is averaging over 1 million total viewers since its premiere, according to OWN.

Another new Tyler Perry series that premiered on OWN in May, The Haves and the Have Nots, has also been upped in its episode order, with OWN picking up an additional four episodes of the drama on top of the 16 additional episodes ordered in June. This brings the total order for The Haves and the Have Nots to 36 episodes for its first season. This series has also been a success for OWN, breaking ratings records each week, according to the network.


Love Thy Neighbor photo: Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

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