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September 05, 2012

Video: Stars Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash Talk 'Soul Man,' More

Emmy magazine chats with stars Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash of hit Hot In Cleveland spin-off The Soul Man, during a lively screening event in Los Angeles, California.

In any case, the ratings for the June premiere of TV Land comedy The Soul Man seemed downright heaven-sent. Nearly 2 million viewers tuned in to Soul Man from the creators of Hot in Cleveland, making it the second highest-rated debut in the network's history. (The June 2010 bow of Hot in Cleveland is number one.)

The soulful man in question is played by Cedrick Kyles - the stand-up comic known in funny circles as Cedric the Entertainer. He is also a co-creator and executive producer of the show, which features him as R&B superstar Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine, who leaves the Vegas high life to bellow instead as a pastor at a St. Louis, Missouri, church. The move comes much to the chagrin of his pampered wife Lolli (Niecy Nash) and ever-texting daughter Lyric (Jazz Raycole).

Emmy magazine visited with Kyles and Nash during a packed, fan screening night held recently in Los Angeles. Watch video below and see full story on The Soul Man by John Griffiths in the current issue of Emmy.

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