Cedric The Entertainer & Niecy Nash Talk Upcoming TV Series, “The Soul Man” on TV Land
Comedian Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash star together in the hot new comedy “The Soul Man.” It’s a family show that you just don’t see as much on TV anymore. The sitcom, which was created by Cedric and “Hot in Cleveland” creator Suzanne Martin, revolves around Cedric’s character, Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, an R&B superstar-turned-minister who takes over as preacher of his father’s church, moving his entire family to St. Louis.
Nash, who also has her own family reality show “Leave it to Niecy” on the Oxygen network, says “Adding this series to her busy schedule was a no brainer.”
“I was a fan, just from sitting down and taking the first meeting of the concept of how they wanted to shoot it; everything,” she told EURweb.com. “And then I shared with them, ‘Oh, my God. I feel like you just ripped a page right out of my life.’ I used to be married to a pastor. We had a church. This is crazy. He was a singer. I was just, like, so many things lined up. We’re both from St Louis. So, I was just happy all the way around.”
Listen to Nash talk more about how she relates to her character, Lolli Ballentine, in the interview below.
Below, Ced says there isn’t much difference between his real job and the minister he plays on TV.
Jazz Raycole (My Wife and Kids), Wesley Jonathan (What I Like About You) and John Beasley (Everwood) also star in “The Soul Man.”
The show also features plenty of guest appearances in front of the studio’s live audience. Tamar and Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), Anthony Anderson (“Law & Order”), Sherri Shepherd (“The View”), Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”) and Kim Coles (“Living Single”) and Cee Lo Green (“The Voice”) will serve as guest stars this season
Anthony Anderson will play Sweet Brown, Boyce’s (Cedric) old music-writing partner. Brown visits St. Louis to help Boyce get over his writer’s block for an upcoming sermon, but ends up pulling Boyce back into his old R&B star habits.
Shepherd will guest star as Sherie, Lolli’s (Nash) cousin who is always up to no good.
Trina and Tamar Braxton will play Rose and Catherine Pinkney, sisters who audition for the church choir only to find out that they are both dating Stamps (Wesley Johnathan), Boyce’s handsome younger brother.
Kim Coles makes an appearance as Wanda, a church-going woman who stops by Lolli’s salon hoping to get a special shampoo that all the ladies are raving about.
Robert Forster will guest star as Father Ignatius, the head of a St. Louis clergy organization that seems to closely resemble the mob.
Cee Lo Green Green is set to appear as a flashy rival preacher who’s stealing congregation members from Boyce’s church.