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Tyler Perry Inks New Deal With BET Including New Scripted Series 'Route 187'

BET has struck a new deal with Tyler Perry.

Tyler Perry

The media mogul will now have a renewal of eight of his shows for BET and BET+ streamer. And there will be another new scripted series from Perry called Route 187, according to Variety.

As part of the new content deal, renewals include Tyler Perry’s Sistas for its eighth season, Tyler Perry’s The Oval for Season 6, and Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living for a sixth season. Also renewed are Tyler Perry’s House of Payne for its sixth season on BET and 12th overall, Tyler Perry’s Zatima, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless, Tyler Perry’s Bruh and All The Queen’s Men.

Perry will executively produce, direct and write Route 187, which is a new scripted series greenlit.

This new nonexclusive BET deal replaces Perry’s previous ongoing relationship with BET, which he partnered with in 2019 to create content for both BET and its streaming service, BET+, which expires this year.

The agreement also comes after Perry expanded a deal with Netflix, adding a TV series to the mix. The streamer’s multi-year replaced a previous multiyear content partnership “Perry had sealed with Paramount Global in 2017, when the company was known as Viacom.”

Over the last four years, Perry at BET has created series such as Sistas and The Oval, which recently hit its 100th episode. These shows would go on to spawn spinoffs such as Zatima, and Ruthless.

“Tyler Perry is simply without rival as a creator of content that powerfully resonates with audiences across genres, formats, and platforms,” said BET Media Group president/CEO Scott Mills.

“Our programming partnership with Tyler – undoubtably the largest deal ever in the industry with a Black creator – has been hugely successful; delivering the number one series across all TV among Black audiences and five of the top 10 series on cable among Black viewers. We are thrilled to extend our extraordinary relationship with Tyler and to continue to be the home of the largest and most diverse collection of new Tyler Perry content for years to come.”

Perry also was one of the moguls looking to purchase BET when Paramount Global flirted with selling the company.

“Scott Mills and his team at BET have been incredibly supportive throughout our time working together, and I’m excited to continue bringing these stories to the screen. I’m grateful to our loyal audiences for watching week after week and engaging these stories,” Perry said in a statement.

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