BET To Simulcast TV Land’s Live ‘The Soul Man’ Episode

BET and Centric will simulcast sister Viacom-owned network Tv Land’s live episode telecast of The Soul Man, the network announced Thursday.

TV Land’s live, season three premiere episode of The Soul Man -- starring Cedric The Entertainer as a soul singer turned preacher -- will air on March 26, immediately after the network’s live telecast of the fifth season premiere episode of Hot In Cleveland, said network officials.

Beginning April 5, Centric will air new episodes from the third season of The Soul Man 10 days after their premiere on TV Land. In addition, the network will air marathons of the first two seasons beginning April 5, said the network.

"We are so proud of The Soul Man and its appeal to all audiences," said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land in a statement. "BET has been a fantastic partner on this series and with Centric now coming on board, we're thrilled that even more viewers will have the opportunity to see the show across multiple Viacom properties.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.