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Yvette Lee Bowser Tapped As Showrunner & Executive Producer Of 'The Soul Man'

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 13, 2012 4:49 PM
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TV Land now officially announces that it ha picked up The Soul Man for a second season; plus, they've brought on Yvette Lee Bowser to take over as showrunner as well as executive producer of the series.

Ms Bowser is probbly best known for writing and producing for A Different World as well as Living Single - a show that she created, which made her the first African American woman to develop her own prime-time series.

The full story via press release from TV Land below:

Yvette Lee Bowser

Yvette Lee Bowser Joins "The Soul Man" As Showrunner

New York, NY - December 13, 2012 - TV Land has ordered a second season of "The Soul Man" starring Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash and picked up a third season of "The Exes," it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land. "The Soul Man," which debuted in June of this year, was the channel's second highest rated original series premiere following only the series launch of "Hot in Cleveland" in June 2010.

"The Soul Man" posted a 3.6 rating among African American Adults 25-54 and averaged 1.4 million total viewers per week. "The Exes," which averaged 1.2 million total viewers per week, stars critically-acclaimed actors Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld," "Hot in Cleveland"), David Alan Basche ("The Starter Wife"), Kelly Stables ("Two and a Half Men") and Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock From The Sun"). Both shows will return on-air in June 2013 with 10 episodes each. (Source: Nielsen, All data is Live + 7).

"We are so proud of these series and passionate about the characters," said Jones. "These shows, like our other originals, meet at the crossroads of humor, heart and second chances, making them uniquely suited for the TV Land brand."

"The Soul Man" revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (played by Cedric). Once living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts, Boyce relocated to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and went from soul singer to soul saver. "The Soul Man" is a spin-off of TV Land's hit sitcom "Hot in Cleveland." Cedric and Suzanne Martin ("Hot in Cleveland") are executive producers of the sitcom, along with Eric C. Rhone and Emmy(R) Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions, who also executive produce "Hot in Cleveland." Yvette Lee Bowser ("Living Single") is joining "The Soul Man" this season as showrunner and executive producer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer and Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox are executive producers for TV Land.

"The Exes" follows ladies' man Phil (Faison) and couch potato Haskell (Knight) living with clingy and recently-divorced Stuart (Basche) - a third roommate recently forced upon them by their landlord/divorce attorney, Holly (Johnston). Luckily, Holly is there to help avert any disasters - or in some cases, cause them. Meanwhile, Holly's assistant, Eden (Stables), doesn't exactly let professionalism get in the way of prying into her boss's personal life. Mark Reisman ("Frasier") is showrunner and also serves as executive producer along with Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis ("Reba," "Titus"), and Franco Bario is co-executive producer. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox serve as executive producers for TV Land.

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  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 14, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    Hopefully she'll advise Niecy Nash to cover up her cleavage. She gets the side eye from me cause all that boobage aint necessary. You don't have to be a prude but keep it classy, especially when your representing a first lady, girl bye. But congratulations to Mrs. Bowser.

  • Akimbo | December 19, 2012 12:09 AM

    Considering her character's backstory, inappropriate church attire makes sense. I see no need to police her body; I'm more interested by the fact that this might just become a decent show with Bowser at the helm.

  • SAVANNAH MORGAN | December 13, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    ALM... I 2nd that!! Yvette Lee Bowser's resume is just what this show needs. Living Single was hilarious!!

  • ALM | December 13, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    Thank God!

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