TUNE IN FOR THE SEASON 2 PREMIERE OF TV ONE’S HIT DOCU-SERIES RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL TUESDAY, MAY 10 AT 8PM ET/7PM CT ON TV ONE
Check out Video Footage below from a Press Roundtable where Sonya’s Spotlight Publisher, Sonya Jenkins, got a chance to interview Comedian Rickey Smiley of Rickey Smiley For Real and Director Roger Bobb with special-invited journalists and bloggers at the Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel in Atlanta, May 4. Rickey is candid about his life lessons. He shares what he looks for in a mate, what motivates him, his cooking skills, his frustrations and more.
Following its first season as the No. 2 Program on Cable in its timeslot among Black P25-54 and reaching 8.2 million Unique P2+ Viewers, the hit docu-series Rickey Smiley For Real returns for Season 2 tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10 at 8pm ET on TV One. The second season finds nationally syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley concentrating more on the three F’s – Fun, Family, and Focus. The hour-long series takes a humorous look at his life as he manages his career, personal life, and single fatherhood.
“Rickey’s unmatched sense of humor, business savvy and passion for his family resonated well with our audience,” said TV One President Brad Siegel. “We are thrilled to team up with Rickey and both his real family and radio show family for another season of real life turmoil and love.”
A voyeuristic view into what makes Smiley a successful media mogul in radio, comedy and television, TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real, captures the syndicated host as he juggles two families – one at home and the other at work. In the second season, Smiley commits to enjoying the fruits of his labor. After many years struggling to bala nce the responsibilities of his large and unique family, along with growing and challenging himself in his career, he is determined to be more attuned to his own needs. Viewers will follow as Smiley steps back from his Dish Nation show, takes a trip to the Bahamas, tours with Mike Epps, collaborates with R&B icon Kelly Price, and celebrates his 15th college fraternity anniversary.
Throughout the second season, Smiley will also do his best to keep his kids on the right track. He is concerned with how his success may be affecting his family, particularly the boys. Brandon, Malik, and Craig each challenge Smiley as they attempt to find themselves, landing in a varietyof behavioral, disciplinary, and legal issues. And as always, he keeps a close eye on daughters D’Essence and Aaryn as they face their own growing pains.
“Season two of Rickey Smiley For Real is already showing signs of being even bigger and better than our stupendous sseason one,” said Smiley. “I am hugely thankful to the viewers for their support and excited about TV One’s dedication to bringing a quality second season to our viewers. Thank you all for allowing my family inside your homesevery Tuesday night!”
Cast and Creative Crew of Rickey Smiley For Real
Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One
Rickey Smiley and TV One President Brad Siegel
From left to right: Da Brat, Rickey Smiley, Porsha Williams, and Gary with Da Tea
Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One
MEET THE SEASON 2 CAST
RICKEY SMILEY is the patriarch of the family working to keep his personal and professional life balanced. He’s a father, comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
BRANDON SMILEY is Rickey’s oldest son, working to find his way in the world this second season. Brandon is thinking very seriously about moving back to Birmingham, in part because of his belief he’ll be able to gain a better foothold on job opportunities and to help care for his ailing grandmother.
D’ESSENCE “DEE” SMILEY is Rickey’s daughter working on her degree in South Florida while dealing with off and on high school sweetheart.
MALIK SMILEY is back in military school after both a violent episode with both his mother and Rickey, and making straight F’s on his last public school report card. Rickey hopes that military school will help get his son back on the right track.
CRAIG OLIVER works to earn his way back into the house, after hosting a massive party while Rickey and Miss Pat are away. Rickey wants the high school junior to not only overcome his tendency to lie and connive, but to start considering his future.
AARYN SMILEY has immersed herself in cheerleading and remains focused on getting through her freshman year in high school in Houston. Aaryn has also become a debutante and is growing up too quickly for her parents.
PORTIA SMILEY & REEC have decided to go their separate ways, but remain friends because of their busy schedules. Portia is looking to stop baking in her small apartment and open her own shop, while Reec is continuing to write his children’s books and maintain his number one radio show.
DA BRAT is Rickey’s radio co-host and this season she’s focusing her energy on her new music, health and adventures with her radio family.
GARY WITH DA TEA is Rickey’s radio co-host and family friend. He’s focused on his new business venture and finding love.
JUICY has her own fashion line, “It’s Juicy, Baby” and is set to debut new designs in a fashion show which will feature both little and big people. She will serve as Rickey’s sous chef as he prepares for his cooking show.
HEADKRACK is currently teaching DJ classes, kicking his workouts into high gear and preparing to host a rap battle this summer. He has been doing tons of auditions and will appear in a feature film debuting this June.
Rock T thinks he has the formula for love and he and his wife Krystal discuss their relationship and tips for a near perfect marriage on their YouTube show. Rock is also celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his Youth Stepping Event, STOMP WARS, the largest youth stepping event in the US.