Could this be the first crack in the foundation of the Tyler Perry franchise? Multichannel News reports that Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse debuted to less-than-spectacular numbers on Friday night. The TBS show averaged 3.4 million viewers — no slouch, of course, but far less than Perry's two previous sitcom debuts. House of Payne opened to 5.2 million viewers and Meet the Browns to 4.2 on the same network.
The series, which is a spin-off of Perry's successful Why Did I Get Married? movies, centers on beauty parlor owner Angela Williams (Tasha Smith) and her complex relationship with her husband Marcus (Michael Jai White) and his business partner. TBS will air Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse for at least 10 episodes before deciding the fate of the series.
Where he's losing numbers, however, Perry is gaining karma points. The Hollywood powerhouse took time from his busy schedule to pen a touching open letter, published in Newsweek, to the 11-year-old molestation victim of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.
“Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down? All of the ones who didn’t go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods,” he says. “All of the ones who didn’t want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child.”
The incident is undoubtedly striking a cord with Perry, who admitted on Oprah that he was sexually abused as a child.
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