Cedric’s Got Soul: Live Premiere of ‘Soul Man’ To Air On Three Networks
The Soul Man will have a big showing tomorrow. TV Land, BET and Centric are all set to simulcast live the premiere of TV Land’s original sitcom on March 26th at 10:30pm ET/PT. Brandy will also guest star on the premier episode of the series starring Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash.
“Fans can live tweet along with all three networks using the hashtag #SoulManLive,” reports Target Market News.
“We are so proud of The Soul Man and its appeal to all audiences,” said Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land. “BET has been a fantastic partner on this series and with Centric now coming on board, we’re thrilled that even more viewers will have the opportunity to see the show across multiple Viacom properties. Going live on one network is big enough, but going live on three networks is a true programming event.”
The Soul Man follows the escapades of R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (Cedric) after a move from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Nash). As they try to adjust to their more humble lifestyle havoc ensues. Especially since Boyce’s brother Stamps (Wesley Jonathan) basically becomes a permanent resident in their house.
According to actor John Beasley, who plays Boyce’s father, he’s looking forward to performing live.
“I am always looking for a challenge like that,” Beasley told the Fresno Bee. “I think it will be a piece of cake. As for the rest of the cast, I’m not sensing any nervousness. There’s just a real excitement in the air.”
The live telecast will follow the live version season opener of Hot in Cleveland, from which Soul Man is a spin-off. The Rev. Boyce Ballentine character originated as the pastor to Hot in Cleveland‘s Elka Ostrovsky (played by Betty White).
“In the episode, Boyce heads up his church fundraiser for the summer youth program, which he thinks is the perfect reason to get his band back together,” reports the Bee. Lolli’s in charge of whipping Boyce’s back-up dancers into shape, but one of the dancers (Brandy) is hiding a secret.