Hot In Cleveland spin-off The Soul Man is coming to and end. TV Land has renewed the Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash fronted series for a fifth and final season. Twelve episodes have been ordered for the show’s final run, which is expected to premiere in 2016.
Created by Cedric The Entertainer and Suzanne Martin, The Soul Man follows R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine after he relocated from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli. While learning to adjust to their new humble life, they have plenty of obstacles in their way. One of these is Boyce’s brother Stamps. The series is produced by TV Land Originals and stars Cedric The Entertainer, Niecy Nash, Wesley Jonathan and Kellee Stewart.
Across it first four seasons, The Soul Man averaged a 2.2 rating amongst African Americans in the P25-54 demo and a 2.65 rating among African Americans in the W25-54. Last season, the series averaged a 1.07 rating among African American P25-54 viewers (up 365% compared to the network’s prime-average) and 1.32 rating amongst African Americans in the W25-54 demo (up 340% compared to the network’s prime-average).
“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,” said Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land. “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 Soul Man was one of TV Land’s first successful original series and was developed under former network President Larry W. Jones. Since his departure earlier this year, the network has been moving away from their multi-camera roots (which ultimately led to the cancellation of Hot In Cleveland) in favour of single-camera efforts such as Younger, Impastor and Teachers.