Network takes additional 80 episodes of show

TBS has picked up 80 additional episodes of Tyler Perry comedy “Meet the Browns.”

Sources close to the series said the show, which premiered Jan. 7 to an aud of 3.7 million total viewers, will be brought back this summer as a companion to the Perry-produced “House of Payne.”

Currently in the midst of a 10-episode test run, “Meet the Browns” yielded the highest-rated TBS premiere since the “House of Payne” bow in June 2007.

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