Cedric the Entertainer returns to television on TV land as reformed R&B singer become preacher in his new show ” The Soul Man”.
The Soul Man revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (played by Cedric) who was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he gets the calling to go from soul singer to soul saver. Relocating to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and his daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole) to take over the preaching duties in his father’s church – his family is not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for a humble one. The Reverend Boyce character originally appeared in a season two episode of “Hot in Cleveland” and a spinoff was developed by Cedric and “Hot in Cleveland” creator Suzanne Martin. The comedy also stars John Beasley as Boyce’s father, Barton; Wesley Jonathan as his brother, Stamps; and Raycole as his daughter.
Here is what Cedric had to say about the new show.
I wanted him to be an R&B singer who sang really dirty songs. So it would be inappropriate for this guy to become a minister at any point in his life. The deal is he was a preacher’s son and there was this expectation for him to always be in the church business. But I ended up singing these kinds of songs against my father’s will and I go off into the world and I become a big success.I find myself having the calling to do something greater and speak to a greater audience. And I come back as a guy who’s lived the world and lived the life. I’m a guy who can meet you where you are. And I can help you. That’s the whole thing with Soul Man, he’s dealing with the soul.”