Monday, June 12, 2006

Madea: Come Back!

According to my girlfriends, whose opinions I value as much as any critic's, Tyler Perry's new sitcom, "House of Payne," which launched in the Philadelphia market last week, is painful to watch.

Here's the problem: The series, which stars Allen Payne as a fireman forced to move back with his parents, looks and sounds too much like one of Perry's stage plays. And that just doesn't translate well to TV, especially if Madea isn't in it.

That's right. Perry chose not to reprise his famous role as the pistol-toting granny for "House of Payne." In fact, it may be a while before we see Madea on stage again. Perry says he's putting her on hiatus.

The fifth of 10 espisodes aired today, and word is the second half of season is supposed to be better than the first.

If not, Perry can always fall back on his writing career. His advice book "Don't Let a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings," written in Madea's voice, is holding steady at No. 9 on the New York Times bestseller's list.


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