TV Land begins production on “The Soul Man”


TV LandViacom’s TV Land continues to ramp up its original programming slate. Production has begun on the new comedy series “The Soul Man” staring Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash.

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.


  1. Yet another outrageous theft of Sam Moore’s identity!!!
    I don’t believe that Cedrick who has a brand and Viacom/Tvland who are running all the legacy brand tv shows didn’t know that Sam Moore, from the day he recorede “Soul Man” in 1967 with then partner Dave (Sam & Dave) and won the Grammy for it, has been branded as The Soul Man…actually as his legacy has grown I think he’s now The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore
    I hope they’ve paid him a whopping good sum for a license for his brand but I’ve not seen any press that says so and if not they need to or he should do to them what he’s doing to the Weinsteins … sue them into the stone ages and maybe start taking dates at Cedrick The Other Entertainer!!!!!!!!

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