The Soul Man

Last updated
The Soul Man
The Soul Man intertitle.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes54 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Cedric the Entertainer
  • Eric Rhone
  • Keith Cox
  • Larry W. Jones
  • Sean Hayes
  • Suzanne Martin
  • Todd Milliner
  • Lynda Obst
Camera setup Multiple
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Distributor Endemol
Original network TV Land
Original releaseJune 20, 2012 (2012-06-20) 
June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)
Related shows Hot in Cleveland
External links

The Soul Manis an American 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. [1] The series premiered on TV Land on June 20, 2012 with a 12-episode order. [2]


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. [3] The second season premiered on June 19, 2013. [4] On December 4, 2013, The Soul Man was renewed for a third season that consisted of eight episodes. [5] Season 3 premiered on March 26, 2014 with a special live episode. [6] On August 4, 2014, TV Land renewed The Soul Man for a 12-episode fourth season. [7] The fourth season debuted on March 18, 2015 with the series' second live episode. [8] On July 28, 2015, The Soul Man was renewed for a 12-episode fifth and final season, [9] which premiered on March 30, 2016 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. [10] The series aired its final episode on June 22, 2016.


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 a preacher in his father's church. However, his family members — including wife Lolli (Niecy Nash), daughter Lyric (Jazz Raycole) and younger brother Stamps (Wesley Jonathan) — are not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for their new humble one.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring cast


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 12June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05)
2 10June 19, 2013 (2013-06-19)August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28)
3 8March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)May 14, 2014 (2014-05-14)
4 12March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)May 27, 2015 (2015-05-27)
5 12March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30)June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)

Home media

Shout! Factory released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1 on July 8, 2014. [12] Season 2 was released on October 21, 2014. [13]

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. [14] The episode served as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series to star Cedric. The episode entitled "Bridezelka" [1] was written by Hot in Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin [15] and aired on August 24, 2011. [16]

In November 2011, it was that announced that Niecy Nash was cast the female lead opposite Cedric. The two had previously worked together in the 2007 film Code Name: The Cleaner . 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. [17] 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. [18]

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. [19] On March 11, 2012 it was announced that the series' title was changed from Have Faith to The Soul Man. [20]

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. [21] 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. [21]


The series has received generally positive reviews from critics, with an initial score 65 out of 100 on Metacritic. [22]

Related Research Articles

A television pilot is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge whether a series will be successful. It is, therefore, a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity.

Cedric the Entertainer American actor and comedian

Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known by his stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and game show host. He hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993–1994 season and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He is best known for co-starring with Steve Harvey on The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, as one of The Original Kings of Comedy, and for starring as Eddie Walker in Barbershop. He also stars on the CBS show The Neighborhood. He hosted the 12th season of the daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2013–14 and starred in the TV Land original series The Soul Man, which aired from 2012 to 2016. He has also done voice work for Ice Age, the Madagascar film series, Charlotte's Web, Planes and Planes: Fire & Rescue. In 2019, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

TV Land Pay TV channel in the USA

TV Land is an American pay television channel owned by ViacomCBS through its domestic networks division. Originally a spinoff of Nick at Nite consisting exclusively of classic television shows, the channel now airs a combination of recent and classic television series, original scripted series, and limited theatrically released movies. The network is headquartered at One Astor Plaza in New York City.

Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox, better known simply as Shanice, is an American singer–songwriter, actress and dancer. Wilson had the Billboard hit singles "I Love Your Smile" and "Silent Prayer" in 1991 and "Saving Forever for You" in 1993. In 1999, Wilson scored another hit song, "When I Close My Eyes", which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Wilson is recognized for her coloratura soprano voice and her ability to sing in the whistle register.

Niecy Nash American actress

Carol Denise Betts is an American actress, comedian and television host, best known for her performances on television.

Wesley Jonathan Waples is an American actor best known for his starring role as Jamal Grant on the NBC Saturday morning comedy-drama series, City Guys (1997-2001), Gary Thorpe in the comedy sitcom, What I Like About You (2002-2006), Sweetness in the film, Roll Bounce (2005), Noah Cruise in the film, Crossover (2006) and Burrell "Stamps" Ballentine on TV Land's The Soul Man (2012-2016).

Gary Anthony Williams American actor

Gary Anthony Williams is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer. He provided the voice of Uncle Ruckus on The Boondocks, and a number of video game characters. He appeared on the television series Weeds, Boston Legal, Blue Collar TV and as Abe Kenarban in Malcolm in the Middle. Williams co-founded and is Artistic Director of the L.A. Comedy Shorts film festival in Hollywood, California. He starred alongside Cedric the Entertainer on the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man. He has been a recurring guest on the improv comedy TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and is a regular member of the live improv comedy show The Black Version.

Jazz Raycole is the stage name of Jazzmine Raycole Dillingham, an American actress and dancer. She is best known for her role as Claire Kyle on the sitcom My Wife and Kids during its first season.

Kellee Stewart is an American actress.

Trina Evette Braxton is an American singer, actress and reality television personality. She is a younger sister of R&B singing icon Toni Braxton. Trina had her first big break in music in 1992 as a founding member of the R&B group The Braxtons, formed with her sisters. After losing two members, The Braxtons released their only album, So Many Ways, as a trio in 1996 along with four singles: "So Many Ways", "Only Love", "The Boss", and "Slow Flow".

Tempestt Bledsoe is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable, the fourth child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92). In December 2010, it was announced that Bledsoe would be the host of Clean House on the Style Network, replacing long-time host Niecy Nash. From September 2012 to February 2013, she was one of the stars of the NBC TV sitcom Guys with Kids, portraying Marny.

<i>Hot in Cleveland</i> American sitcom

Hot in Cleveland is an American television sitcom on TV Land starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White.

<i>Retired at 35</i>

Retired at 35 is an American sitcom on TV Land starring George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain, Josh McDermitt, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Ryan Michelle Bathe. It is the network's second original scripted series after Hot in Cleveland. The series premiered on January 19, 2011. On March 21, 2011, the series was renewed for a second season. The second season premiered on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 10:00 pm ET/PT, and concluded on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

<i>Hot in Cleveland</i> (season 1)

The first season of the Hot in Cleveland, an American situation comedy television series, aired in the United States on TV Land. The series was the channel's first venture into scripted television series. Created by television producer and writer Suzanne Martin, the show was produced by Hazy Mills Productions, SamJen Productions, TV Land Original Productions while Martin, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Lynda Obst, Larry W. Jones, and Keith Cox served as executive producers. The show focuses on three women from Los Angeles who unexpectedly crash land in Cleveland, Ohio and, enthralled by the attention the receive, decide to move there. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves as the three Los Angeles women Melanie Moretti, Victoria Chase, and Joy Scroggs. Veteran actress Betty White also stars in the series as Elka Ovstrosky, the women's sassy caretaker. The season also featured numerous guest stars, including John Schneider, Susan Lucci, Carl Reiner and Joe Jonas.

<i>Hot in Cleveland</i> (season 2)

The second season of the TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland premiered on January 19 and ended on August 31, 2011. Twenty episodes were initially ordered, but the order was later extended to 22 episodes. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.

<i>Happily Divorced</i> Television series

Happily Divorced is an American sitcom created by Fran Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson. Inspired by their experiences, the series, which became TV Land's third original scripted series following Hot in Cleveland and Retired at 35, ran from June 15, 2011, to February 13, 2013, and revolves around a Los Angeles florist who finds out her husband of 18 years is gay. The series was canceled after two seasons on August 23, 2013.

<i>The Exes</i>

The Exes is an American sitcom starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche, and Kelly Stables. It debuted on TV Land on November 30, 2011, airing on Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. The series was created by Mark Reisman and follows three divorced men who live in a New York City apartment owned by their divorce lawyer.

The third season of the TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland premiered on November 30, 2011. TV Land originally ordered 22 episodes but later increased the order to 24. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.

The fifth season of the TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland premiered on March 26, 2014 with the series' second live episode. It consisted of 24 episodes. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.


  1. 1 2 "Hot in Cleveland: Episode Info - "Bridezelka"". MSN TV. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  2. Pavan -- (April 23, 2012). "TV Land Brings Back I Love Lucy in June 2012; Good Morning America's TV Reunion Blowout: One Day at a Time, Laverne & Shirley, and More - News Blog". Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  3. Bibel, Sara (December 13, 2012). "'The Soul Man' & 'The Exes' Renewed by TV Land". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 6, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  4. TV Land June 19, 2013 Schedule Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved June 14, 2013
  5. Kondolojy, Amanda (December 4, 2013). "'The Soul Man' Renewed for Third Season by TV Land". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  6. TV Land’s ‘Hot In Cleveland’ & ‘The Soul Man’ Starting New Seasons With Live Episodes on 23 January 2014.
  7. Miller, Thomas. "TV Land Renews The Soul Man". Seat42F. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  8. "Sherri Shepherd Returns to 'The Soul Man,' Applauds Diversity Increase on TV". 17 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (2015-07-28). "'The Soul Man' Picked Up For Fifth & Final Season By TV Land". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  10. "The Soul Man season 5 to premiere on March 30, 2016". March 12, 2016. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  11. 1 2 "Soul Man Wesley Jonathan Talks Race and Network Politics". The Burton Wire. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  12. Press Release for Next Week's Shout! DVD for 'The Complete 1st Season' Archived 2014-08-10 at the Wayback Machine
  13. 'The Complete 2nd Season' with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  14. Hinckley, David (April 18, 2011). "Cedric's so hot in Cleveland that he's got a spinoff before he's on the show". Daily News . Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  15. Maerz, Melissa (April 18, 2011). "Cedric the Entertainer to develop 'Hot in Cleveland' spinoff". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  16. "TV Land July 2011 Highlights; MeTV Network Honors James Arnes". June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  17. Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2011). "Joel Gretsch, Gillian Vigman And Todd Stashwick Among Latest Cable Castings –". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  18. Andreeva, Nellie (November 1, 2011). "Niecy Nash To Star In TV Land's Cedric Pilot, Summer Glau Joins TNT's 'Scent'". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  19. "Official: TV Land Picks Up "Have Faith" Starring Cedric "The Entertainer"; Renews Hot in Cleveland - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  20. "TV Land Changes Cedric Sitcom Name To The Soul Man, Schedules Retired at 35; Just My Show Talks To Bill Kirchenbauer About Kirk Cameron's Comments". Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  21. 1 2 "Breaking News - Anthony Anderson, Tamar Braxton, Trina Braxton, Kim Coles, Robert Forster and Sherri Shepherd to Guest Star on TV Land's "The Soul Man"". May 24, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  22. The Soul Man: Season 1