TLC Collabs With Tyler Perry for First Ever Scripted Series “Too Close to Home”

Too Close to Home

There’s no doubt Tyler Perry’s pen game is strong. With great success in theater, television, and film – he’s set to conqueror a new frontier.

For years, I’ve enjoyed connecting with his colorful on-screen personalities. They’re familiar. They feel like family. I see myself.  Then came the news of the his latest show, Too Close to Home.

Initially I didn’t know what to think. A new network, and sprinkle of diversity amongst the cast. I was internally screaming out…They have taken our Tyler and I don’t know where they have laid him. {Super churchy} LOL.

Thankfully I was wrong. Really wrong. And this just goes to show drama and scandal is universal.

Too Close to Home
Photo courtesy of TLC

Last week, I was invited to an exclusive screening of Too Close to Home with the cast, followed by an amazing reception. Held at the Palley Center for Media in Beverley Hills – show creator/director/writer Tyler Perry and TLC president and general manager Nancy Daniels were on hand to present the first episode and participate in a post-screening Q&A with cast members Heather Locklear,  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”), Matt Battaglia, Brooke Anne Smith (“Awkward”) and Brad Benedict (“NCIS”). Additional “Too Close to Home” cast in attendance were Ashley Love-Mills (“Nashville”), Annie ThrashAlpha Trivette (“Drop Dead Diva”), Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Trisha Rae Stahl (“Glee”), Christian Ochoa, Curran Walters, Robert Craighead and Justin Gabriel.

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Additional cast members from Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots, If Loving You Is Wrong, and Love Thy Neighbor were also in attendance to show their support.

Tyler has the gift of pulling you in…quickly! And that he did. In a room full of executives, entertainers, and Los Angeles influencers – it was hard to keep from being “THAT” girl in the theater. You know the one that talks, and acts like they’re sitting in their living room. Yeah, they bother me too, but seriously, it really was HARD AS HELL.

If politics, drama and suspense are your thing, Monday’s are about to get a whole lot better.

Too Close to Home is described as:

An 8-part drama, TOO CLOSE TO HOME, tells the story of a young woman from a modest upbringing who discovers she may have a bright future in Washington D.C.’s fast-paced political scene. When Anna (Danielle Savre) leaves her trailer park home in Alabama in a cloud of dust, she cuts all ties with her family and buries every element of her checkered past. Her friends in Washington think she comes from a wealthy family and know nothing of her real upbringing. Suddenly, the real Anna is exposed when she causes a major political scandal and makes national headlines for her part in an affair with one of the nation’s most powerful players. With nowhere to turn, she’s forced to find sanctuary in the only place she has left – home.

“We are thrilled that TLC’s first-ever scripted project is a collaboration with Tyler Perry, who is a powerhouse in the media landscape” said Nancy Daniels, President and General Manager, TLC. “Tyler Perry has built a brand that is known for impactful, dramatic storytelling for a diverse audience. His latest creation, Too Close to Home, is sure to draw in and captivate our TLC viewers from the first episode to the last.”

During the screening it was obvious I wasn’t the only one struggling to keep my thoughts to myself. The entire room was filled with gasps, while we all sat on the edge of our seats. As the first ever scripted series for TLC, they made the right choice teaming up with Tyler Perry.

He does good TV and he does it right. This is a great collaboration.

Check out my highlights from the reception:

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Tune in for the network premiere Monday, August 22 8/9 on TLC, and join the conversation on social media with #TooClosetoHome

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