After 10 years, Cedric the Entertainer heads back to do a television sitcom with his new show "The Soul Man."
Cedric plays Reverend Boyce ‘The Voice’ Ballentine, an R&B legend who turns into a minister and takes over as preacher of his father’s church.
Reverend Ballentine came a long way from making songs like “Sex Wichoo.” He now faces the challenges of the pulpit.
“Religion is something that we all kind of identity with in America, but it is very segregated in so many ways,” he told Sister 2 Sister. “One of the things that we talked about early on with the network is how can we push storylines and at the same time know that we didn’t want to get into offending the Black church and the ministers and that power base.”
Niecy Nash plays Lolli, the reverend’s wife. Cedric said she was the perfect choice for the role.
"I was looking for a great TV wife. When you’re the lead on the show, you don’t want to be the one that’s always gotta carry the show,” he said. “We looked at a number of great actresses, but when Niecy’s name came up, I just thought it was perfect. She’s super-funny and our chemistry was natural.”
The show also features John Beasley, Wesley Jonathan and Jazz Raycole.
The series, created by Cedric and "Hot in Cleveland" creator Suzanna Martin, is a spin-off of "Hot in Cleveland," on which Cedric played the same role as a guest star.
“The show that Cedric and Suzanne have created is a fantastic family sitcom that you just don’t see as much on TV today,” said Larry Jones, President of TV Land. “That’s just one of the reasons we’re so thrilled to welcome him to the TV Land family. From the moment he appeared on ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ we knew we wanted to work with him in a greater capacity.”
"The Soul Man" is TV Land’s fifth original sitcom and premieres June 20.
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