Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’s One Big Happy Family’ 2010 Tour

Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’s One Big Happy Family’ 2010 Tour

Have you ever noticed that all of Tyler Perry’s works have “Tyler Perry’s” in front of the title?

Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns.

Tyler Perry’s Diary Of A Mad Black Women.

It’s not that Tyler Perry isn’t talented or successful enough to have his name possess the title (he’s one of Hollywood’s highest paid talents), it’s just he doesn’t seem to have the star power or the tenure (yet). About the only time you see a name possess a title is when it involves Disney (Disney’s A Christmas Carol) or a famous dead author (Shakespeare’s Hamlet or H.G. Wells’ War of the World).

The Tyler Perry Syndrome came to our attention after seeing a poster selling tickets for Tyler Perry’s Madea’s One Big Happy Family. That stage production is currently touring the U.S. through May.

Land of Punt began to wonder what it would be like if more productions had the creator’s name possessing the title. Not obvious franchises like George Lucas’ Star Wars or Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, but other works whose originator is far less known…

Anthony E. Zuiker’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

It doesn’t have quite the same ring does it? Zuiker claims he got the idea for CSI after watching The Discovery Channel’s The New Detectives. The Las Vegas resident was so new to television writing that his pilot script broke all the rules. However, that ignorance created the show’s unique storytelling style.

Stan Weston’s G.I. Joe

In 1963, toy creator Stan Weston came up with the idea of a creating a line of Barbie-sized dolls for boys. The prototypes were originally called “Rocky the Marine”, “Skip the Sailor”, and “Ace the Pilot.” Hasbro creative director Don Levine decided to call them “G.I. Joe” after the 1945 film The Story Of G.I. Joe.

Dick Wolf’s Law and Order

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Wolf started his legendary television career as a writer for Steven Bochco’s Hill Street Blues. After that he moved to being the supervising producer for Anthony Yerkovich’s Miami Vice. In 1990, Wolf’s Law Order debuted on NBC. It’s now the second-longest-running drama in television history. It’s also spawned several spin-offs including Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Neal H. Moritz’s Fast And The Furious

Moritz didn’t create the Fast And The Furious franchise but he did produce all four films (as well as more than 70 others). It’s hard to put a creator’s name on a film franchises since Hollywood movies undergo so many rewrites and revisions. Good news for Fast and Furious fans, like LOP, a fifth incarnation is currently in the works.

Glen A. Larson’s Battlestar Galactica

Larson is probably more famous for creating Magnum P.I. and Knight Rider than he is for creating Battlestar Galactica. Then again the 1978 television series was nothing more than a Star Wars knock-off until reimagined by Ronald D. Moore and David Erick in 2003. Back in 1978, Larson’s B.G. had an unheard of budget of $1 million an episode. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Larson used themes from Mormon theology like the council of twelve, marriage for “time and eternity,” and Cylons. He also created the word “frak.”

Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran’s 24

Before introducing the world to Jack Bauer and kidnapping Elisha Cuthbert multiple times, Surnow and Cochran created the series Le Femme Nikita. Surnow has also worked on the Fox News Channel The Half Hour News Hour, Miami Vice, and The Equalizer. As for Cochran, he created a couple of other television shows, Company Man with David Ehrman and The Call with David Hemingson

Donald P. Bellisario’s NCIS

Bellisario helped Larson create Magnum P.I. and worked on the original Battlestar Galactica. He also created Airwolf, Qunatum Leap and J.A.G. (as well as the short lived Tales of the Gold Monkey). Bellisario created NCIS with Don McGill. The show, which was a spinoff of J.A.G., premiered in 2003. Interestingly, Bellisario did not create NCIS: LA. That show was created by Shane Brennan.

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