A quick round up of TV deals, as the week winds down:
– “Diary of A Mad Black Woman” creator Tyler Perry‘s goes outside the traditional studio system again. After “Madea’s Family Reunion” opened as strong as it did, Perry could have gone to any network (“My Big Fat Greek Family”, anyone?) but Perry wanted control. And so, “House of Payne,” is heading for limited run through spring and summer, with Debmar-Mercury distributing.
– Fox Broadcasting, unwilling to attempt a 24/7 “American Idol” schedule after Ryan Seacrest‘s physicians insisted he sleep at least three hours a week, has set up two fall series, Variety reports.
Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa have gotten a greenlight on “Til Death,” a Sony Pictures sitcom that stars Garrett and Joely Fisher “as a long-married couple whose new neighbors are idealistic newlyweds (Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kat Foster).”
And Josh Berman has gotten the OK on “Vanished,” about “a senator’s wife who goes missing as part of a larger conspiracy. Inspired by the country’s ongoing fascination with missing women, (Ed: The country has an on-going fascination with missing women?)the story behind “Vanished” will unfold throughout the season, as told through the eyes of law enforcement, family members and the media.” (We’d have noticed this sooner, but we were a little preoccupied.)