aside TLC teams with Tyler Perry to launch network’s first scripted series

TLC has started production with Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) on the its first scripted series, “Too Close to Home,” written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry.

The eight-part drama will tell the story of a young woman who escaped her working class upbringing to discover unparalleled success in the fast-paced D.C. political circuit. Production is underway in Atlanta. TPS was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, and develops and produces motion picture films, in addition to drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market.

Danielle Savre will star as the Anna and Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join the cast as guest stars. Other actors in leading roles are Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith. Series regulars include Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, and Curran Walters. Recurring cast members are Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa, and Justin Gabriel.

Too Close to Home is new TLC show

The story follows Anna, a young woman who escaped her working class upbringing in Alabama to start fresh in Washington, D.C. After making national headlines in a major political scandal involving one of the nation’s most powerful players, she is forced to return to her roots and face a past she thought she left behind. Seeking help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life, Anna finds herself right back where she worked so hard to escape.

“Too Close to Home,” is slated to premiere later this summer.

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