( ENSPIRE ENTERTAINMENT ) RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL IS BACK IN ITS FOURTH SEASON
TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real has started its fourth season! It’s coming back with another hilarious season of laughs, drama and teachable moments. Rickey Smiley works to balance a family of growing, opinionated young adults while expanding his entertainment empire by directing a sitcom and creating/hosting a game show. Various relationships will be revealed and tested throughout the season.
I got the opportunity to talk with Roger Bobb, Executive Producer, Bobcat Films, Rickey Smiley, Lamont Chase of TV One, Brandon Smiley and Da Brat. Here are their thoughts on what to expect this season.
Roger Bobb (Bobcat films): Bigger, better and growing this season. “Only gets better” Rickey and his life, his friends help him look for love. Rickey is expanding his empire through creating a game show. He has a friend who is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and brings the seriousness of her illness to the platform. His kids are growing up and we are seeing more of the dynamics of their individual lives. And Ed Lover has been added to the cast and we get to see his and Rickey’s friendship.
Rickey: Excited about season 4 because of the growth. The kids are growing up fast turning into young adults. The adventures of the morning show, it’s so exciting. We are about the memorable, funny, teaching moments, without the ratchet. Families individual issues are displayed. You see how it is to parent young adults and how they make decisions that are not agreeable but every episode ends with a resolution. We don’t want the audience to ever walk away from a scene feeling bad. It’s really simple to us, constant resolution.
Lamar Chase: Audiences will relate to the double down of the fun with Rickey’s two families and those real teachable moments. We know he is funny and likes to have fun but willing to show when we go through issues, this is how we work through them. You can observe the teachable moments as a father. The kids were a certain way when they were younger and now we watch them all adjust as they get older. I love the honesty.
Da Brat: My journey inspired me to help other incarcerated women. So you get to see that side of me. The fact that I was in the same situation, the little things make these women lives. There was an outlet for them to get rid of depression and horrible feelings. I made a promise to help but I’m a convicted felon and I couldn’t go back to visit. So Roger Bobb and the production company made it so that I was able to go to a facility and talk to women. It touched my spirit and I connected with the women. I hope me talking to them would help and encourage them. It was very powerful and touched my soul and encouraged the women and that is what I want to do.
Brandon Smiley: This show has been a blessing to just be in the show with my father who is an inspiration. People come off the street and say I see what y’all went through and it helped me with my own relationships. To just have people tell me they were inspired really did a lot for me. It’s not like a reality show. It’s no skits, it’s just us being ourselves and we go through stuff as well. We not in the same place as season one. I think the show helped push me and my family to talk things out. It’s like therapy for us. Some of these shows tear families apart and this really brought my family closer together. People can learn from all of us. To be a source where people can learn is just the best feeling. I have no regrets about the show. Rickey Smiley male viewership has increased – connect to your parenting.
Rickey Smiley for Real is interesting because it is a family show, but a recognizable with a specific aspect of recognizing fathers. This type of programming encourages other fathers to do what they need to do and being great fathers and real role models. The audience walks away with a good feeling. The increase in male viewership proves it is reaching the demographic not recognized on television.
This type of programming encourages other fathers to do what they need to do and being great fathers and real role models. The audience walks away with a good feeling. The increase in male viewership proves it is reaching the demographic not recognized on television.
Rickey Smiley for Real is an example of an outlet/platform that we look u to because it is real and positive. Roger Bobb, Rickey, and TV One are producing programming that reaches so many demographics and attains the attention of people in different personal situations. Let us know your thoughts on the season so far!
About TV ONE
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, The Manns and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, andNewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.