The endgame was announced for a comedy series that has had a good run on TV Land after spinning off from the network’s hit “Hot in Cleveland.” The cable network announced that it has greenlighted season five of “The Soul Man,” which will be the show’s final season.
Created by Suzanne Martin and Cedric the Entertainer, the show stars Cedric along with Niecy Nash, Wesley Jonathan and Jazz Raycole. TV Land ordered a 12-episode fifth season.
“The sitcom, which follows Cedric as R&B super-star-turned minister Reverend Boyce ‘The Voice’ Ballentine, is the network’s highest-rated original series among African Americans P25-54 and African American Women 25-54,” TV Land noted in its announcement. “Over the course of four seasons, the series averaged a 2.20 AA P25-54 rating and a 2.65 rating among AA W25-54. Last season, ‘The Soul Man’ averaged a 1.07 rating among African American P25-54 viewers, up +365% compared to the TV Land prime average among the demo and among AA W25-54, Season 4 averaged a 1.32 rating, up +340% compared to the TV Land prime average.”
Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land, said: “It has been amazing working with Cedric, Niecy, Wesley and the rest of the cast and crew on what has truly been a memorable and fun experience. We appreciate the fans and all the love the show has received over the years, and we plan to give the viewers something very special this season.”
The announcement adds: “Since the series launch in 2012, ‘The Soul Man’ has followed Boyce after he relocated with his wife, hairdresser Lolli (the recently Primetime Emmy-nominated Niecy Nash) from Las Vegas to St. Louis, where they’re constantly caught between the pull of the glam celebrity life and the simple life of a reverend’s family. They’ve always had plenty of obstacles in their way, including Boyce’s brother Stamps (Jonathan), who is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life, and their unruly cousin Nikki (recurring guest star Sherri Shepherd), who always finds a way to make trouble. ‘The Soul Man’ has continued to evolve and become a fan-favorite, especially on social media, where memes from the show often see thousands of shares and have gone viral.”