In 2006, Lionsgate acquired Debmar-Mercury, a television syndication company. Already making money with Perry on the big screen, it wasnâ€™t long before the pair expanded their partnership to include the small screen. The following year, Perryâ€™s first sitcom House of Payne began airing on TBS. After a successful 10-show pilot run, he struck a $200 million deal for 100 episodes. By January 2009, Perry unveiled a second series, Meet The Browns, which was based on his popular play and movie of the same name and similarly led to a 80-episode deal for an equally hefty price. Perry has changed the landscape of a network known for its White bread rerun sitcoms (e.g. Family Guy and Seinfeld) to multi-cultural programming. Of the networkâ€™s six original programs, three star predominately African American castâ€”in addition to Perryâ€™s shows, Ice Cube premiered his Are We There Yet? series last summerâ€”and Mexican American comedian George Lopez scored his own talk show, Lopez Tonight, in 2009.