*After putting in work for several years on two VH1 reality shows, Ray J is back in his scripted element with a role on TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show,” based loosely on the real life of popular radio personality and comedian Rickey Smiley.
Smiley stars as an Atlanta DJ and single father raising his three kids while trying to squeeze in a personal life and also stay on top of the zany situations that arise at the station.
Ray J, who plays Rickey’s radio producer and protégé Kenny Wheil, is about a month into his first extended scripted gig since his sister Brandy’s UPN show “Moesha.” And the 31-year-old says this break from the recording studio is no walk in the park.
“It may look like we just having fun,” Ray J says of “Rickey Smiley,” “but it’s still a lot of hard work. It’s still a lot of preparing yourself for the role, remembering your lines, staying in character. So it’s definitely hard work, but the way we put it together, we still had a lot of fun. And we depended on each other, and we stuck with each other as a team to make the show right. So it’s definitely worked, for real.”
But…is shooting a scripted series harder than filming a reality show?
Ray J has two unscripted programs on his resume: “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business,” with his famous sister and their parents, and his more popular dating-themed “For the Love of Ray J,” where viewers got to see him hook up with a gaggle of women as he searched for his true love.
“I found somebody for the moment, but it didn’t work,” Ray J said of the show’s outcome. As for scripted vs. reality shows, “scripted is much harder,” he declares.
“The Rickey Smiley Show” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TV One. Watch the entire Oct. 9 episode below.