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Reality, comedy in TV lineup
From Rickey Smiley to 'Scandal,' fall menu is diverse
Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:51 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

It is time to roll out another exciting season of television. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated premieres of new and returning shows airing this fall:

Kerry Washington (left) returns as star of ABC’s “Scandal.” The drama picked up 7.3 million viewers in its debut season.

• “The Rickey Smiley Show” is a sitcom loosely based on the life of nationally syndicated radio host Rickey Smiley.

The storyline follows Smiley’s attempts to balance being a single father while maintaining a personal life and handling situations at the radio station, which include a lot of office politics, sexual innuendo, social issues and celebrity appearances.

The cast includes J. Anthony Brown, Ray J and Roz Ryan.

Starting Sept. 25, “The Rickey Smiley Show” will air weekly at 9 p.m. on TV One. 

• “Dancing with the Stars All-Stars” promises another season of glittery costumes and ballroom drama. For the first time ever, previous contestants will return to the dance floor to compete for that coveted mirror ball trophy. The all-star cast includes Apolo Ohno, Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Helio Castroneves, Kelly Monaco, Pamela Anderson, Kirstie Alley, Gilles Marini, Bristol Plain and Melissa Rycroft. DWTS’ two-night premiere event begins Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

• “Guys with Kids” is a comedy from Jimmy Fallon simply about guys with kids. Anthony Anderson, whose wife is played by “Cosby Show” alum Tempestt Bledsoe, stars alongside Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger. The three guys, who all live in the same apartment building, are learning the ropes of fatherhood together. “Guys with Kids” premieres Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

• “Save My Son,” hosted by education activist and author Steve Perry, will share the stories of young African-American males who are involved in dangerous activities and/or behaviors such as drugs, gangs, truancy and robbery. Perry will work with the families and celebrity mentors (Steve Harvey, Ruben Studdard, Derek Anderson, Jalen Rose and Pooch Hall) to help rescue these young men from a life of negative influences and bad choices. “Save My Son” premieres Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

• “Scandal,” starring Kerry Washington and Columbus Short, picked up 7.3 million viewers in its first season. Fans will be tuning in this fall to see if Olivia Pope (Washington) rekindles her fling with the president and goes back to work for the White House after turning in her credentials on the season one finale. “Scandal” will premiere Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

• “Key & Peele” returns for a second season this fall. The hit sketch-comedy show features Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Whether they are satirizing the President or introducing Mary Magdalene’s pimp, the two comedic actor-writers examine life in a provocative and irreverent way through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Key & Peele’s season two premiere airs Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

• “Keyshia & Daniel: Family First” will follow singer Keyshia Cole on her journey as she evolves in her new role as a wife to NBA star Daniel Gibson and a mother to their 2-year-old son DJ.  It remains to be seen if this show will be as popular as her first reality show The Way it Is, which was full of family drama mostly involving the antics of Cole’s mother and sister, Frankie and Neffe. Family First premieres Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. on BET.

• “D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List “will follow the comedian as he crosses the country and tries to have black men added to the endangered species list. “The Endangered List” will premiere Oct. 27 on Comedy Central at 11 p.m.

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