TV One has announced that it is currently in production on a new series that will premiere in November 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.
Shooting in Atlanta, Georgia and in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, Smiley’s struggle to find work-life balance while trying to maintain a love life will the 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.”
“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.