Over three months after the completion of its 10 episode second season, TV Land has opted to renew 'The Soul Man' for an eight episode third year, Deadline reports.
'The Soul Man' stars actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer as titular character Boyce 'The Voice' Ballentine, a former R&B superstar that chooses to leave the Hollywood life behind and become a small town minister. The character was originally introduced in an episode of fellow TV Land sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland.' Niecy Nash ('Reno 911') plays his wife Lolli, a hair salon owner forced to uproot her life in order to follow her husband. The pair has a daughter named Lyric (Jazz Raycole), and Boyce's brother (Wesley Jonathan) also lives with the family. Veteran actor John Beasley rounds out the cast as Boyce's father, who is an ex-minister himself.
'The Soul Man' isn't the biggest overall ratings draw in the TV Land arsenal, but is an absolute smash with the target demographic of African-Americans aged 25-54. During its first two seasons, the show averaged a whopping 3.7 rating among the aforementioned demo, and brings in double the black viewership of any other primetime show on the network.
Still, one has to wonder just how much longer 'The Soul Man's lifespan will be. An eight episode order is very small, even by cable standards. That leads me to think that this will probably end up being Reverend Boyce's final renewal. As with most things, only time will tell.
Are you pleased to be getting more episodes of 'The Soul Man'?