VIBE: Congratulations, Ced, on The Soul Man returning for its second season. How have you been gearing up for its comeback?
Cedric The Entertainer: We've definitely been enjoying the shooting that lead up to the show's premiere. We're so excited about it because it comes back on television on June 19. So, you know, we're getting it all fired up and ready for its return.
Yeah, we increased the relationship between myself and Lolli (played by Niecy Nash) a little bit more. We're actually a bit more frisky because our daughter goes off to school in this season. So, it's more about the two of us being in the house together and really having to deal with one another and grow as a couple. And so, in those stories that really set-up where we were at in the first season, where I made my transition from secular to spiritual and, of course, my wife wasn't really quite ready to come along for the ride. Now, you see us settling into our "skin" and yet, at the same time needing to push the envelope a little bit to ensure that we keep our love alive. There are some fun episodes where she wants to go to a party, and as her husband, I have to go too. But when we get there, people don't want me to be around because I'm the pastor. You got all those kind of things involved in the mix, so we really have some fun episodes to entertain our audience.
We also have some really cool guest stars who make an appearance on the show. My character has a nice little social place where he goes to hang out. It was a spot, a little club that my character invested in when he was coming up in his old singing days. So, people when they tune into the show, they see us going to the restaurant, socializing with people in the neighborhood and meet friends of mine. This season we're just opening up the show a lot more in the sense that the story is about this guy and his transition from singing to spiritual adviser.
As far as special guests go, would we see your old, old group, The High Tops, making an appearance on The Soul Man?
[Laughs] Damn, I just had this talk with Steve [Harvey] about this. I was like, "Man, you got to come on the show this year!" So, we've been talking, trying to figure out how to make it work. I don't know exactly how, we may actually make it a different group from the one that was on his show, but whatever it is we'll have a lot of fun with that. Ron Isley is my man, too! It would be great to see them on our show. We're definitely looking to bring something like that to the forefront in the later episodes. We were kicking around this idea where my character gets drawn back into "the life" through a song. And when the song gets hot, my character and the other performers form a super group like LSG, or something like that [laughs].
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