*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.
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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.