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TBS has ordered 10 episodes of TYLER PERRY’S FOR BETTER OR WORSE. This new series is a dramedy, based on Perry’s hit Why Did I Get Married? films. It marks the third Tyler Perry series to come to TBS, which is also home to Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns. The syndication rights to all three shows have been sold to the media company Debmar-Mercury.

Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse explores the ups-and-downs of married life for television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela, two characters from the feature films Why Did I Get Married and Why Did I Get Married Too? Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) and Tasha Smith (Couples Retreat) are set to reprise the roles of Marcus and Angela. Additional cast members have yet to be announced.

For Better or Worse comes just as Tyler Perry’s history-making House of Payne prepares to end its highly successful run. “Even though it will be sad to say goodbye to House of Payne, I’m really looking forward to exploring new territory with For Better or Worse,” said Tyler Perry. “Working on House of Payne taught me a lot about what it takes to make a successful television series and I’m looking forward to applying that experience to For Better or Worse.”

For Better or Worse marks a new direction for Tyler Perry Studios. Unlike his family-oriented sitcoms, For Better or Worse will target young adults. Production on the series is slated to begin this summer in Atlanta.