Tyler Perry to Reopen Studios in July and Begin Production of His New Shows

Tyler Perry to Reopen Studios in July and Begin Production of His New Shows


The ‘House of Payne’ creator will fly all of his crew and cast members on his private plane and provide coronavirus testing before they start the production.

Tyler Perry is plotting to get back to work with two new BET series.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, the 50-year-old producer has set start dates for the new U.S. shows, “Sistas” and “The Oval“, reported Deadline, with work on the seasons beginning one at a time at his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 8, 2020.

Sistas will go first, according to the report, followed by “The Oval” on July 28. Both will film 22 episodes of their second seasons in two and a half weeks.

The plan involves “testing and sequestering the shows’ cast and crew on the sprawling, 330-acre lot of Tyler Perry Studios,” the publication reported.

According to Deadline, Perry is providing his private plane for all involved and, after they test negative for Covid-19 pre-boarding, they will be flown from Los Angeles and New York to Atlanta. Everyone, including Perry, who is directing all episodes, will remain on the lot for the entire duration of the shoot.

The existing structures on the lot, which once housed a military base, will provide accommodation for everyone working on each of the shows “so there will be no need for portable housing as originally thought,” the report continues.

“Upon arrival, everyone will be tested and quarantined in their rooms for four hours while they wait for the results. The cast and crew will be tested four times over the 2.5 weeks of the shoot, with Carlos Del Rio, professor at Emory Vaccine Center, serving as testing consultant.”

Editors at Deadline also noted the dates are early compared with other U.S. TV studios, which are looking to resume filming between August and October.