Allow her to introduce herself again: Mabel, a series exploring the inexplicable origins of Tyler Perry’s Madea character, is being developed at Showtime, our sister site Deadline reports.
“Every great story has to start somewhere and every legend has a beginning,” says the series’ official logline. “Long before she was the force of nature known as Madea, she was a smart, wild, irresistible, dangerous, crazy 20 year old black woman named… Mabel Simmons. When she moved to Atlanta in 1972, she set the city – and the world – on fire! “
Mabel is created by Perry and Tim Palen, who will both be executive producers alongside writers JaNeika James and JaSheika James.
Inspired by Perry’s mother and aunt, Madea was first introduced via Perry’s 2000 hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself before venturing onto the big screen in a crazy black woman’s diary in 2005.
Always played by Perry in drag, Madea has appeared in 10 other films: Madea’s Family Reunion 2006, Meet the Browns 2008, Madea Goes to Jail in 2009, I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009, Madea’s Big Happy Family in 2011, Madea’s Witness Protection in 2012, A Madea Christmas in 2013, Boo! A Madea Halloween in 2016, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween in 2017 and a Madea Family Funeral in 2019. She also appeared on two of Perry’s television shows: House of Payne and Love Thy Neighbor.
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