'The Soul Man' & 'The Exes' Renewed by TV Land

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December 13th, 2012

via press release:

Yvette Lee Bowser Joins “The Soul Man” As Showrunner
New York, NY – December 13, 2012 – TV Land has ordered a second season of “The Soul Man” starring Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash and picked up a third season of “The Exes,” it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land. “The Soul Man,” which debuted in June of this year, was the channel’s second highest rated original series premiere following only the series launch of “Hot in Cleveland” in June 2010.
"The Soul Man" posted a 3.6 rating among African American Adults 25-54 and averaged 1.4 million total viewers per week. “The Exes,” which averaged 1.2 million total viewers per week, stars critically-acclaimed actors Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” “Hot in Cleveland”), David Alan Basche (“The Starter Wife”), Kelly Stables (“Two and a Half Men”) and Kristen Johnston (“3rd Rock From The Sun”). Both shows will return on-air in June 2013 with 10 episodes each. (Source: Nielsen, All data is Live + 7).
"We are so proud of these series and passionate about the characters," said Jones. "These shows, like our other originals, meet at the crossroads of humor, heart and second chances, making them uniquely suited for the TV Land brand."
“The Soul Man” revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (played by Cedric). Once living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts, Boyce relocated to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and went from soul singer to soul saver. “The Soul Man” is a spin-off of TV Land’s hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.” Cedric and Suzanne Martin (“Hot in Cleveland”) are executive producers of the sitcom, along with Eric C. Rhone and Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions, who also executive produce “Hot in Cleveland.” Yvette Lee Bowser (“Living Single”) is joining “The Soul Man” this season as showrunner and executive producer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer and Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox are executive producers for TV Land.
“The Exes” follows ladies’ man Phil (Faison) and couch potato Haskell (Knight) living with clingy and recently-divorced Stuart (Basche) – a third roommate recently forced upon them by their landlord/divorce attorney, Holly (Johnston). Luckily, Holly is there to help avert any disasters – or in some cases, cause them. Meanwhile, Holly’s assistant, Eden (Stables), doesn’t exactly let professionalism get in the way of prying into her boss’s personal life. Mark Reisman (“Frasier”) is showrunner and also serves as executive producer along with Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (“Reba,” “Titus”), and Franco Bario is co-executive producer. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox serve as executive producers for TV Land.
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  • Oliver

    I don’t understand how these shows are financially viable for TVLand given their ratings.

    I guess Retired at 35 is dead, then.

  • onion

    yay The Exes!

  • Chris


    I agree. I’m not seeing how these shows are sustainable for them. Their syndicated series do better. IMO, their sitcoms’ quality is inferior to that found on networks like TBS and FX. All of these original series would have been dead long ago on other channels. If you look at Hot in Cleveland’s ratings – their “flagship” original – that’s quite telling.

  • Dan

    So when is TV Land going to cancel Retired at 35? Its the only bubble show now on TV land.

  • Ram510

    Not too much of a surprise, but great news! When does the new seasons start

  • Rebecca

    I like The Exes, although I like Hot In Cleveland more. Wish we had premiere dates. Also wish there was news yet about if Drop Dead Diva will continue on Lifetime next summer (the only Lifetime show I watch, online)…and Curb Your Enthusiasm also had no renewal/cancel news yet on HBO (as far as I know).

  • Martin

    So, is the exes renewal on top of the season 2 extended order announced a while back or is this it again.

  • Nick


    The Exes did not get extra episodes; that was Happily Divorced.

  • Martin

    At nick look again. Had it on here before on the cable renewal page but seen it several places before that as well.

  • Martin

    Well, they already updated it here on the cable renewal page after the press release, but know I’m right.a google search on specific times would probably show. So am guessing anyway that they just changing the extended order to new season instead. Thought they were going to try for syndication quickly like they are doing with hot in cleveland, guess not now.

    Will say the kirstie alley pilot when it eventually premieres will get big numbers with all the stars in it. And yes, I know it hasn’t been greenlighted to series yet but with names like that, it will be. I know they are not stars but they are people who were in big shows years ago and that it’s the type of actors tv land goes for.

  • Daniel

    I think the shows are up and down on TVLAND but thank God they are sticking with them. I’m so sick of ducks and Amish and Jersey. It’s great to see a channel support original programming. And Hot in Cleveland is as good or better than anything on TBS for sure.

  • sam

    We have enjoyed all the TV land shows and are glad for the ones still here. I am so sad that Retired at 35 didn’t make it, my husband and I enjoyed this one too.

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