The reality show follows Smiley, a single-father, comedian, and radio host, as he balances family and career. Get the details from this TV One press release.
TV ONE’S “RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL” RETURNS FOR A THIRD SEASON, TUESDAY, NOV. 15 AT 8 P.M. ET
New Super-Teaser Reveals How Rickey Deals with Family Drama and Captures Da Brat and Gary with da Tea Exploring New Career Ambitions
SILVER SPRING, MD – October 27, 2016 – Season three of Rickey Smiley For Real returns to TV One with more drama, more conflict and more funny on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET. While Rickey Smiley continues to struggle to maintain his sanity by juggling his hectic business, family and personal schedules, the show will also follow the hilarity and hi-jinx of his family and co-workers.
Aaryn, Smiley’s youngest daughter, has moved to Bogota, Colombia because her mother received a promotion. The family travels to visit and secrets are revealed. Meanwhile, Da Brat, who is now an artist manager, tries to get her first act signed- a temperamental rapper named Cornbread. She meets with record labels, artists and her mentor Jermaine Dupri, and quickly learns that being an artist was a lot easier than managing one.
Gary with da Tea is on a mission to host his own talk show. Focused on his goal, he meets with TV producers and tries to persuade them, as well as the morning show, to see his vision. When a co-host is recommended to complement his show persona, Gary auditions Porsha Williams, Tiny and Derek J among other personalities, in his quest to be the next big daytime talk show host.
Finally, while Smiley begins to reconcile with his estranged nephew Craig, his relationship with his oldest son, Brandon, has become so strained that they haven’t communicated with each other in months. Both men are being stubborn about the situation, and it will take a tremendous effort from his family, the morning show crew and the family therapist to try to get them back together.
Rickey Smiley For Real returns after posting a strong increase in audience tune-in.* During season two, the show was No.1 in its time period on ad-supported cable among Blacks: Persons 25-54, Women 25-54 and Persons 18-49. It also reached 3 million total unique viewers 2+, up +18% vs S1.
As a much-loved comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Smiley rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Smiley has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances.
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 and Shante Paige as co-executive producers. For TV One, Lamar Chase is executive-in-charge of production, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production, and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.
For more information on TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real, visit the network’s YouTube Channel and website at www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #RICKEYSMILEYFORREAL.
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* Season 2 posted strong gains vs. S1 across ALL key demos: P25-54 (+25%), W25-54 (+42%), P18-49 (+19%), W18-49 (+27%); HH (+22%) & P2+ (+26%).
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.
[Press release via The Futon Critic]
What do you think? Have you watched the first two seasons of the Rickey Smiley for Real TV series? Do you plan to check out season three on TV One?