*Funnier than ever, “The Soul Man” debuts on TV Land, Wednesday, June 19 at 11pm E/P, and stars Cedric “The Entertainer,” Niecy Nash, Wesley Jonathan and John Beasley. An upcoming episode includes a guest starring role with Dawnn Lewis best known for her role as Jaleesa Vinson on the popular, long running series “A Different World.” Lewis gets in on the action as the much younger, finer, exciting love interest to Beasley to rock his world, or to at least help him get over his past relationship woes from divorcing his ex-wife. As always, Lewis delivers. You’ll have to tune-in to see if she succeeds at helping Beasley get his sexy back!
*NBC’s “Deception” had a pretty decent start, earning a 2.0 among adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers on Monday. However, the Meagan Good-Laz Alonso drama quickly faded, wrapping its 11-episode run with an average of 1.2 in the demographic. Despite holding on to its total viewers throughout its run, the Liz Heldens drama show will not continue; and co-star Tate Donovan has booked a role in the CBS drama pilot “Hostages.” For her part, Heldens has a summer drama series Camp, starring Brothers and Sisters alum Rachel Griffiths, bowing in July on NBC.
*Tia Mowry is getting a new man for her Nick at Nite family comedy, “Instant Mom.”
Duane Martin was previously cast to play Tia’s hubby on the pilot, but after a table read on Friday, the producers decided to recast the role with “Spin City’s” Michael Boatman (below).
Boatman will be ‘Charlie,’ a successful doctor married to a 25-year-old reformed party girl.
Sheryl Lee Ralph is also set to co-star as Tia’s mom, ‘Maggie.’
The show hasn’t started production yet, and producers have not released any other details about giving Duane the boot.
*Who would have thunk John Legend had a funny life?
Well, according to the singer, he definitely does. He’s taking his entrepreneurial spirit to television with a new sitcom, based on his life.
Backed by his own production company, Get Lifted; along with 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, the show will be scripted by the co-creators of “Sons of Tucson,” Tommy Dwey and Greg Bratman, and will focus on a guy in his early 20s trying to make himself a star while being the guardian for his siblings.
But he’s not the only one with a funny life. Cee Lo Green is also dipping into television comedy with a family sitcom on NBC.
No word yet when either will begin production.
*BET’s family comedy “Reed Between the Lines” just got the death sentence when Tracee Ellis Ross broke the news about leaving the show last week.
She didn’t divulge the juicy details until now.
In an interview with Essence.com, the actress revealed being on the show was not necessarily something on her timeline of long-term jobs.
“It was that BET hadn’t decided if they were picking up the show yet or not,” said Ross. “During that time when they didn’t know, I was offered a really amazing pilot for NBC, and BET graciously allowed me to go and do it.”
From there, she said, things kind of got sticky because she was trying to do both.
“Then the timing got complicated and there was a need to move forward. [BET] had to figure out how to deal without me because I wasn’t available. But it’s not because I wanted to leave.”
In fact, she said the show has potential and she “loves” it. If the opportunity presents itself in her life of complication, she could maybe return one day.
Oh, did we tell you the NBC pilot she left “Reed” for was not picked up?
*Reality show instigator drama queen, Tami Roman is trying to actually make a respectable name for herself with a new TV One sitcom, “Belle’s.”
As the show’s creator she gets to call the shots and put her own spin on things.
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The show is about a family that runs an upscale soul food joint called Belle’s.
Elise Neal (pictured below), Keith David and of course Tami will all star in the show. Surprisingly, Tami may actually have some descent acting skills, according to Neal.
“Everyone wants to have his or her opinions about her but, she’s a great actress,” Neal told Essence, admitting she actually appreciates reality television, but wants to see both good sitcoms and reality TV “coexist.”
An air date for “Belle’s” has yet to be confirmed.
*Season one of “Single Ladies” came and went.
VH1 is ready to start it all over with season two, which will premiere on May 28, with all the drama and scandal.
When the show debuted last year around the same time, the viewership averaged 3 million a week, bringing in women 18-34 years old. Season two could bring in more.
According to critics, the show does a good job at keeping its target interested with superficial conversation and the hassle of juggling men and lavish lives. Some say the show is nothing more than a fantasy being sold to … single women.
One male writer comments that there’s clearly nothing appealing about the show for men, except Stacey Dash sporting small, tight fitted clothes on occasion.
But she won’t be joining the cast for the new season. She was replace by Denise Vasi (above in the middle). Also actress Cassandra Freeman has joined the show, however it’s unknown what her relationship to the other cast members will be in the storyline.
Check out the season 2 trailer: