I had the opportunity to attend a press luncheon hosted by TLC to check out the first episode of their first-ever scripted series, “Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home.”. The series starts off slowly introducing the cast of characters but by the end of episode one everybody’s jaws were on the floor. If you love drama you will definitely love love love “Too Close to Home”. Tyler Perry is expanding his fictional dynasty to include southerners living in a trailer park with his latest project for TLC’s first-ever scripted series entitled: “Too Close to Home”. I grew up watching the stories with my mama and grandmothers so I thoroughly enjoy a good tale and Tyler Perry can spin a tale like no other.
“Too Close to Home” is an 8-episode drama written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry that tells the story of a young woman who escaped her working class upbringing to discover unparalleled success in the fast-paced D.C. political circuit written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. The show debuts Monday, August 22 at 9PM ET/PT for a two-hour premiere.
Creator/director/writer Tyler Perry made a surprise appearance at the standing-room-only event, which was also attended by cast members Danielle Savre (Bring It On: All or Nothing), Brock O’Hurn (Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween), Kelly Sullivan (“The Young and the Restless”) Ashley Love-Mills (“Nashville”), newcomer Annie Thrash and Alpha Everette Trivet (“Drop Dead Diva”). Tyler Perry Studios executives Ozzie Areu (President), Will Areu (Senior Vice President) and Mark E. Swinton (Producer) were also on hand to present the show.
We had the opportunity to ask Tyler Perry and the cast questions about the project, enjoy good food, and even walked away with a prettiful show-themed pie plates as a parting gift from TLC.
Tyler Perry shared that he studied the shows on TLC and created a show that he felt would speak to the audience on that network. The story of a young woman pulling herself out of poverty in the trailer park community of rural Alabama and making her way to life in DC politics is not only compelling but a true journey even in the first episode. Tyler shares that we don’t see characters such as the ones found in “Too Close to Home” and it will resonate with people from all walks of life.
I invite you to check out the new show that debuts Monday, August 22 at 9PM ET/PT for a two-hour premiere. Check out a first look here: http://www.tlc.com/tv-