TV One has announced that it is currently in production on a new series titled “Rickey Smiley For Real,” an hour-long show featuring syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley, as he tries to juggle his career and home life.
Premiering in November, “Rickey Smiley For Real,” produced by Bobbcat Films, will capture Smiley as he navigates the “ups” and “downs” of professional demands, single fatherhood, and intimate relationships.
Shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, where he resides during the week, and in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, where he raises his family, Smiley’s struggle to find work-life balance while trying to maintain a love life will be a central focus of the series.
“After two seasons of working with the ‘ins and outs’ of a scripted series while balancing my radio hosting responsibilities and my personal life, I realized the effort was redundant,” said Smiley. “There was a better opportunity to share through a reality lens – showing warts and all – my efforts to maintain a satisfactory professional and personal life as a single father and entrepreneur.”
“Rickey Smiley For Real” will introduce viewers to his 4 children – sons Brandon and Malik, adopted daughter D’Essence, and adopted daughter Aaryn – as well as his extended family of co-workers, colleagues and friends – his deceased friend’s son Craig, live-in assistant Miss Pat, personal assistant Miss Price, D’Essence’s boyfriend Landon, business manager Bruce, childhood friend and family lawyer Nikita Blockton, radio co-host Da Brat, radio show sidekicks Gary Wit Da Tea, HeadCrack and Juicy, and radio show producer Beyonce Alowishus.
“So often reality series focus on extreme personalities in the Black community, reflecting a one-dimensional point-of-view,” remarked D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s head of original programming and production. “Rickey Smiley For Real seeks to offer an alternative slice of the reality pie in showcasing a successful Black man navigating life and career, but filled with just as much humor, drama, and relatable situations we know viewers and fans of Rickey Smiley will enjoy.”
“Rickey Smiley For Real” is produced by Bobbcat Films for TV One with Rickey Smiley and Roger M. Bobb as executive producers, and Angi Bones as co-executive producer.