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The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed the Cedric the Entertainer starrer for a fourth season of 12 episodes set to return in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The episode count is up for year-over-year and on par with its freshman order.
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The series, a spinoff created by Hot in Cleveland showrunner Suzanne Martin, stars Cedric as an R&B superstar-turned-reverend who retires to St. Louis to become a preacher in his father’s church. The comedy hails from Sean Hayes‘ Hazy Mills Productions, giving the producer at least three shows on the air including NBC’s Grimm and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. (His NBC unscripted entry Hollywood Game Night is also expected to return next year.)
The Soul Man has averaged a 3.19 rating among African-American women ages 25-54 and a 2.65 rating with African-American adults 25-54, posting triple-digit gains over TV Land’s average over the past three seasons. The series has also averaged 1.2 million viewers series to date, up 59 percent compared with TV Land’s primetime average.
For TV Land, Soul Man joins a lineup of original scripted comedies including recently ordered The Gaffigan Show, Darren Starr‘s Younger, Jennifer Falls, The Exes and Hot in Cleveland. The cabler recently axed original Kirstie after one season. On the pilot side, TV Land is prepping Teachers and Impastor.
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