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It was little more than two years ago that Tyler Perry seemed to come from nowhere–actually, it was from the African-American theater scene–to see his debut film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” gross more than $50 million. That made this formerly homeless man of faith one of the hottest filmmakers in Hollywood. How big is he? Today, Perry’s name is integrated into the title of just about anything he produces–as in February’s “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls,” his third-consecutive Valentine’s Day (or thereabouts) theatrical release.

Now, Perry is hitting the small screen with a new series on TBS, called, yes, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” This sitcom, premiering Wednesday at 9, focuses on a multigenerational family, the Paynes, all living under one roof. As with everything Perry does, faith and family take center stage, even as he tackles a traditional comedy-TV format.

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