CHICAGO — Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith didn’t have much time to rehearse for their roles as a married couple on TBS’ upcoming dramedy “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” — they taped one episode per day, whereas most shows tape an episode per week — but they likely didn’t need it.
White and Smith are reprising their roles from the Tyler Perry movies “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” And they used to date in real life.
On “For Better or Worse,” which debuted Friday, White and Smith play the cast’s lone married couple. The two other couples in the cast are either dating or engaged. The show is “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” director/star Perry’s third series along with TBS sitcoms “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.”
“There’s no laugh track,” Smith said. “And it’s stylized in a different way. I think it’s a more mature part of Tyler Perry, as far as relationships are concerned. It’s not a family show. It’s an adult show about relationships. This is grown-folk business.”
White believes the show can delve deeper into social commentary than “House of Payne” or “Meet the Browns” because it isn’t a traditional sitcom. He describes the show as a half-hour version of a Perry movie.