The Soul Man
|The Soul Man|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||32 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original channel||TV Land|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||June 20, 2012– present|
|Related shows||Hot in Cleveland|
The Soul Man is a TV Land sitcom created by Suzanne Martin and Cedric the Entertainer. The series is a spin-off from Hot in Cleveland, in which Cedric guest starred in the 2011 episode "Bridezelka", the backdoor pilot for The Soul Man. The series premiered on June 20, 2012 with a 12-episode order.
On December 13, 2012, TV Land picked up The Soul Man for a second season of 10 episodes with Yvette Lee Bowser replacing Phoef Sutton as showrunner. The second season premiered on June 19, 2013. On December 4, 2013, The Soul Man was renewed for a third season that will consist of eight episodes. Season 3 premiered on March 26, 2014 with a special live episode. On August 4, 2014, TV Land renewed The Soul Man for a 12-episode fourth season to air in 2015. The fourth season debuted on March 18, 2015 with the series' second live episode.
The series follows R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballantine (Cedric the Entertainer), who was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he got "the calling" and decided to relocate to St. Louis with his family to become preacher in his father's church. However, his family members — including wife Lolli (Niecy Nash) and daughter Lyric (Jazz Raycole) — are not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for their new humble one.
Cast and characters
- Cedric the Entertainer as Reverend Sherman Boyce Ballentine – the show's main protagonist. A former R&B singer turned minister. ("Boyce" was the maiden name of Cedric's real-life mother.)
- Niecy Nash as Lolli Ballentine – Boyce's wife, a beauty salon owner.
- Wesley Jonathan as Fletcher Emmanuel "Stamps" Ballentine – Boyce's carefree younger brother.
- Jazz Raycole as Lyric Ballentine (main cast season 1, recurring season 2–) – Boyce's daughter, who is adjusting to her father's new lifestyle.
- John Beasley as Barton Moses Ballentine – Boyce's and Stamps' father, a retired minister and current member of the church Board of Elders
- Hattie Winston as Sister Coriann Pearly – member of the Ballentines' church
- Kim Coles as Wanda (Season 1) – member of the Ballentines' church
- Gary Anthony Williams as Lester – member of the Ballentines' church who serves as the church's choir director
- Cedric Yarbrough and Yvette Nicole Brown as Paul and Robin – the Ballentines' bickering former neighbors from Las Vegas
- Kellee Stewart as Kim (Season 2–) – Lolli's younger sister who is an anesthesiologist; she later becomes Stamps' girlfriend
- Malcolm Barrett as Bird (Season 2) – co-owner (with Boyce) of Bird's, a bar & grill that the Ballentines frequent
- Sherri Shepherd as Nikki (Season 1, 4) – Boyce's irritating cousin from Chicago, who later becomes the new church treasurer
- Nyima Funk as Terri (Season 4) – A church member and Lolli's friend
Development and production
On April 18, 2011, it was announced that Cedric the Entertainer would guest star in a season 2 episode of Hot in Cleveland, as a minister that gets caught up in the girls' problems. The episode served as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series to star Cedric. The episode entitled "Bridezelka" was written by Hot in Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin and aired on August 24, 2011.
In November 2011, it was that announced that Niecy Nash was cast the female lead opposite Cedric. John Beasley, Wesley Jonathan, and Jazz Raycole, were then cast, with Beasley playing Boyce's father; Jonathan playing Boyce's brother; and Raycole playing Boyce's daughter. Suzanne Martin and Cedric wrote the pilot and are executive producing with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. The pilot was filmed on December 2, 2011.
On January 12, 2012, TV Land officially picked up the pilot to series, under the title Have Faith, and set the first season at 12 episodes. On March 11, 2012 it was announced that the series' title was changed from Have Faith to The Soul Man.
For the first season, former Cheers writer/producer Phoef Sutton was hired as the showrunner. Stan Lathan, who previously directed Cedric in every episode of The Steve Harvey Show, served as the director of the first season. Anthony Anderson, Tamar Braxton, Trina Braxton, Robert Forster, Cee Lo Green, Tim Reid and Sherri Shepherd all guest starred during the show's first season.
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- 'The Complete 2nd Season' with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash
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- The Soul Man: Season 1