TV Land's 'The Soul Man' to End After Season 5

The 'Hot in Cleveland' spinoff was a holdover from the cable network's multicamera roots.
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TV Land's The Soul Man is returning for a fifth — and final — season.

The Viacom-owned cable network announced Tuesday that it has renewed the Hot in Cleveland spinoff for a fifth run that will bring the multicamera comedy to a close. The 12-episode final season leaves only The Exes as the network's lone multicamera entry as the cabler continues to target younger audiences with its single-camera push.

The Cedric the Entertainer series ranks as TV Land's highest-rated original comedy among African-American viewers ages 25-54, and it has averaged a 2.2 rating among adults in the demo.

“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,” said TV Land executive vp development and original programming Keith Cox in making the announcement Tuesday.
 
The comedy hails from Sean Hayes' Hazy Mills Productions banner and is exec produced by Hot in Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, Cedric, Eric Rhone and showrunners Bill Martin and Mike Schiff.
 
For TV Land, the news comes as the cable network has shifted its focus to a younger audience with single-camera fare including Younger, Teachers, Impastor, The Jim Gaffigan Show and more. The cabler recently picked up single-cam pilot I Shudder starring Hamish Linklater and also is developing a half-hour inspired by the life of The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsKyle Richards, with John Wells attached, and a Groundlings comedy from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

The network bid farewell to Hot in Cleveland after its sixth season earlier this year. The Betty White starrer was the cabler's first original scripted comedy. The Soul Man joins Kirstie, Happily Divorced and Jennifer Falls in the canceled category at TV Land.

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