The Rickey Smiley Show, scheduled to premiere on September, 18, 2012 on TV One, will offer an all-star cast which, in addition to the hilarious comedian and popular radio host, includes Ray J, J. Anthony Brown, Lil JJ, Roz Ryan, Noree Victoria and Demetria McKinney.
Currently in production in Atlanta, The Rickey Smiley Show stars the radio personality as Rickey Smiley, a character loosely based on his own life – a popular, local DJ based in Atlanta, who is the single father to three children. The show’s stories are derived from Rickey’s attempt to raise his children by himself and still have a personal life, as well as from situations that arise at the radio station, which is a hot bed of office politics, back stabbing, sexual innuendo, social issues, celebrity appearances, music and, of course, humor.
The cast includes J. Anthony Brown as radio station manager Maurice, also known from his earlier rap career as “Mo Sweets;” Ray J. as Rickey’s producer and protégé Kenny; Roz Ryan, as Aunt Sylvia, who lives with the Smileys and tries to keep the household in order; Lil JJ as Rickey’s eldest son Brandon, an 18-year-old gaming devotee, Ajiona Alexus as his 16-year-old daughter De’Anna, who is the princess of the household; Gabriel Burgess, as precocious eight-year-old son Aaron; Noree Victoria, as Rickey’s business manager Simone Renee Jackson; and Demetria McKinney, as his ex-wife Monica.
The series is produced for TV One by Bobbcat Films. Executive producers are Roger Bobb, Rickey Smiley, Yolanda Starkes-White and Ward White. Executive in Charge of Production for TV One is Tia Smith.
The Rickey Smiley Show is a great development for TV One as we expand further into scripted programming,” said TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas. “Rickey Smiley is an incredibly popular part of the Radio One family, so it gives us great pleasure to welcome him into the television side of the business. We are delighted to work with Roger Bobb and Bobbcat Films to bring this smart new comedy to our viewers.”