If this is the first you’ve heard of this series, it may be because it has undergone a name change. When it was first announced back in January the working title was “Have Faith.”
The Soul Man revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (played by Cedric) who was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he gets the calling to go from soul singer to soul saver. Relocating to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and his daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole) to take over the preaching duties in his father’s church – his family is not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for a humble one. The Reverend Boyce character originally appeared in a season two episode of “Hot in Cleveland” and a spinoff was developed by Cedric and “Hot in Cleveland” creator Suzanne Martin. The comedy also stars John Beasley as Boyce’s father, Barton; Wesley Jonathan as his brother, Stamps; and Raycole as his daughter.
“We are beyond thrilled to have Cedric, Niecy and the whole cast become part of the ever-growing TV Land family,” said Keith Cox, executive vice president, development and original programming, TV Land. “We know that Cedric and Niecy’s chemistry coupled with a top-notch comedic cast will definitely make this sitcom pop.”
The Soul Man premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, immediately followed by the season two premiere of TV Land’s hit sitcom, “The Exes.”
Cedric and Martin will serve as executive producers for The Soul Man, along with Eric Rhone and Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions, who also executive produce “Hot in Cleveland.” Keith Cox and Larry W. Jones will be executive producers for TV Land. Phoef Sutton is the showrunner and Stan Lathan serves as the director. The series is filmed in front of a live studio audience.