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A&E Sets Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson Variety Series

A&E will develop a variety/showcase series featuring rapper/producer/actor Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, the network said Thursday.

Jackson, who currently produces and stars in Starz’s Power drama series, will serve as executive producer and star of 50 Cent Presents (working title), a sketch comedy, music and showcase series, A&E said.

The series will combine sketches, standup, reality experiments, music, magic, dance and celebrity guest appearances, with Jackson serving as host.

"Leaning into A&E's legacy in showcasing the arts, we're setting out to redefine the traditional variety show," Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming at A&E Network, said in a release. "50 Cent is the perfect partner to refresh this classic format. He is a true tastemaker across industries and we are excited to see his impressive showcase of talent."