Producer Tyler Perry will soon have a fourth series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.
OWN said Thursday it has ordered a Perry drama, “Single Moms Club,” that will premiere this fall. It’s about a group of mothers who create a support group after being brought together by an incident at their children’s school.
The success of Perry’s series keyed a turnaround for OWN, which struggled at its start. The drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” began its second season last week, and the comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” began its second season Wednesday.
OWN also airs the Perry comedy “For Better or Worse.”
French TV to dial back Cyrus, Spears
Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears are too racy for daytime French TV.
France’s broadcast watchdog says TV channels should only show Cyrus’ video for “Wrecking Ball” and Spears’ video for “Work B***h” after 10 p.m., when French broadcasters show a range of programming more suited to adults.
The watchdog, CSA, said in a statement Thursday that some channels were showing them in the daytime and without any parental guidance warnings.
Cyrus writhing naked around a wrecking ball is too sexually explicit, it says. And Spears, with her bondage gear, shows “a sadomasochistic universe representing women in a way that risks shocking many viewers.”
Bong case hinges on cleaning up act
The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes will be dismissed if the actress stays out of trouble for six months and goes to counseling twice a week, a judge ruled Friday.
Bynes was charged in New York City last spring with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan apartment. Officers said that when they entered her 36th-floor apartment, they saw her heave a bong out the window.
The 27-year-old “Hairspray” star later appeared in court in a disheveled blond wig and said she didn’t do anything wrong. It was one episode in a string of erratic incidents involving Bynes last year. She was institutionalized in August after authorities said she set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her mother was granted a temporary conservatorship over her, but the case was dismissed because Bynes’ care was being overseen by a mental health court.
A Manhattan judge allowed the adjournment in contemplation of dismissal Friday, which means the actress does not have to admit guilt. She must attend counseling twice a week for six months and cannot be rearrested or the deal is revoked.
The birthday bunch
Producer Grant Tinker is 89. Actor Rod Taylor is 84. Country singer Naomi Judd is 68. Actress Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”) is 58. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 56. Actor Jason Connery is 51. Singer Mary J. Blige is 43. Actress Amanda Peet is 42.