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TV One Renews ‘Rickey Smiley for Real’

TV One has renewed its comedy docu-series Rickey Smiley for Real for a third season, the network said Tuesday.

The series, which ends its second season tonight, will return for a new season focused on the life of the actor/comic/radio personality and his family, according to network officials.

"The consistent growth of Rickey Smiley for Real demonstrates the strong connection our viewers have with Rickey's lovable family and laughable team," said D'Angela Proctor, Head of Original Programming and Production for TV One in a statement. "Over two seasons, new and devoted fans have watched as the cast takes great strides in their personal lives and we look forward to watching as the cast exhibits their commitment to the community as well."

R. Thomas Umstead
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.