TV Land has handed a fourth-season renewal to multi-camera comedy The Soul Man, starring Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash, for a 2015 premiere. The order is for 12 episodes, matching the series’ freshman season after a 10-episode second cycle and an 8-episode third. Like it was the case with the show’s previous renewals, a key renewal factor was the show’s strong showing among black viewers. Despite a dip in Season 3, the Hot In Cleveland spinoff still has averaged a potent 3.19 rating among African-American Women 25-54 and a 2.65 rating with African-American Adults 25-54 in its first three seasons, a triple-digit gain over the channel’s prime average.
With the renewal of Soul Man, the Hot In Cleveland franchise solidifies its position as TV Land’s cornerstone for original multi-camera sitcoms as the network has been expanding in single-camera comedies with Jennifer Falls, Darren Star’s Younger and Jim Gaffigan’s eponymous comedy. Besides Cleveland and Soul Man, TV Land’s only established original multi-camera sitcom is The Exes.
Season 3 of Soul Man, which co-stars Wesley Jonathan, premiered with a live episode. The series follows R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (Cedric) after he relocated from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Nash). While learning to adjust to their new humble life, they have plenty of obstacles in their way, including Boyce’s brother Stamps (Jonathan), who only just moved out at the end of last season. Soul Man was co-created by Cedric and Suzanne Martin, who executive produce alongside Eric C. Rhone of Bird and Bear Entertainment and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Prods. For the past two seasons, the series was executive produced and run by Ric Swartzlander. It is unclear if he will return.