TV One’s ‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ returns for third season


— Radio personality, Rickey Smiley is busy daily bringing laughs to his fans, but life gets very real off-air.

The third season of TV One’s Rickey Smiley for Real gives audiences a look into the day-to-day life of Smiley — a busy comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and the nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Life is not a joking matter when it comes to Smiley and his role as a father.

The show highlights the realities of fatherhood, as well as personal and professional highs and lows. Conflicts between Smiley and his nephew Craig erupts, however, the two reconcile, through counseling, and overcome their differences. “Rickey Smiley For Real” also displays the challenges and joys that come with grooming young adult children on their journey to becoming fully independent. Rickey’s grandfather, Earnest, lives with him and is often is a voice of reason throughout the show.

“My grandfather has definitely influenced me, he did not ‘play that’ when he raised me and neither do I”, Smiley said of his way of rearing children.

Smiley hopes that his viewers will enjoy the show’s entertaining comedy as well as the powerful takeaways that can be drawn from some of the conflicts that occur within the family unit. “I want people to be able to sit down, watch the show with their families, laugh, as well as learn from our family’s teachable moments”, Smiley said.

The show also follows Da Brat, rap artist now talent manager and co-host of The Rickey Smiley Show, as she promotes one of her new acts and tries to get him signed. Gary with da Tea also appears as he shares with his co-workers his vision to launch out and start a new talk show of his own. There are plenty of laughs and lessons to be gained by viewers as stories unfold for the people in Rickey Smiley’s life.

The new season of “Rickey Smiley for Real” airs, Tuesday, November 15th, 8 p.m. ET.