The ‘Rickey Smiley for Real'
docu-series premieres on TV One May 10, 2016 8pmET
"I thought his life was entertaining...I didn't know he was a single father," said Roger Bobb executive producer
of "Rickey Smiley for Real," a docu-series of the comedian/actor/syndicated radio personality, which premieres
on TV One Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Smiley serves as executive producer.
for Real" starts its second season with the first season reaching 8.2 million households. The unscripted reality show
follows Smiley as he raises his two biological and eight adopted children, hosts his syndicated "The Rickey Smiley Morning
Show" in Dallas, Texas at 97.9 The Beat (KBFB), his career as a stand-up comedian, as well as his acting and other ventures.
Viewers will get to see some of his friends and radio show co-hosts such as rapper DaBrat.
were no concerns," Rickey said when asked about any apprehensions by him or his children in putting their lives on national
television. "Me and Roger of Bobcat (which produces the show) were having a conversation about my life and we thought
a real look at my life and career...would be interesting."
The comedian juggles his children
who are of different ages with different situations and different dilemmas that need his attention, a weekday morning show
to host and he is maintaining his comedic and acting career that current have him appearing as a featured columnist on Fox
Network's nationally syndicated celebrity news show "Dish Nation" (2012-present).
have children I've adopted and biological children, I have a big family," Smiley said.
"I wanted to capture some of that stuff, there is so much content. We thought it was
a great idea and here we are."
The first season of "Rickey
Smiley for Real" scored as the 2nd highest in programs on cable for Blacks ages 25 -54. This season viewers
will see him do his feature columnist thing on "Dish Nation," collaborate with Kelly Price
on a song, tour with comedian Mike Epps and take a trip to the Bahamas. The viewers will
also get to see his interaction with sons Brandon, Malik and Craig, and daughters D'Essence
In his very early twenties Rickey Smiley started his
career as a stand-up who by 2002 was starring in Ice Cube's Friday After Next feature film and in 2007 starring in First
Friday. As a comedian he toured or was opening act for such comedian heavy weights as Steve
Harvey and George Wallace. He went on to host BET's "Comic View, Showtimes' "Def
Comedy Jam," "Showtime at the Apollo," HBO's "Snaps," "The
Nashville Network," "Uptown Comedy Club," and "Comic Escape." The Birmingham, Alabama native
starred on a TV One sitcom "Rickey Smiley Show" from 2012 to 2014, and the next year
in 2015 he launched the "Rickey Smiley for Real" docu-series.
TV One is owned by Radio One, who produces "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" (2008)
through their company Syndicated One, and reaches 57 million households. Its range of programs include
entertainment focused original programming, classic series, movies and music. Learn more about "Rickey
Smiley for Real" airing Tuesday May 10th at 8 p.m. ET by logging onto www.TheRealRickeySmiley.com, www.RickeySmileyMorngingShow.com or www.TVOne.tv.
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