‘Hot in Cleveland’ Spinoff Series in Development for ‘It’s Worth What?’ Comedy King Cedric the Entertainer

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Cedric the Entertainer not only has his NBC “It’s Worth What?” game
show newly on the air this summer.  The King of Comedy will also show up as a character on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” next month.  And, he reveals, if things go according to plan, that character will land in a spin-off sitcom of his own.

 “TV Land got very excited about developing a show based on the
character,” says Cedric.  He describes his role as a hot R&B singer-turned-preacher — ala several real-life recording stars — who “has a real-world, modern kind of point of view that clashes with that of my father, an old-school minister.”  As far as when the show might debut, “We’re in the early stages of development.”

Meanwhile, he has a slate of standup gigs this summer, and the “It’s Worth What?” show — that has already spawned a drinking game wherein participants take a sip each time he utters “Whaaaat?”  Cedric is well aware “It’s Worth What?” faces stiff competition (including Chef Gordon Ramsay), but points
out, “With our show, people can have fun playing along.  Everyone thinks they
know the prices of things, but everyone gets surprised.”  Items from Roy Rogers’ taxidermist-treated Trigger to a flying saucer home are the big lure, he feels.  “We have plenty of fun stuff ahead – items that are quite amazing.”

For Cedric, the timing of “It’s Worth What?” was “very serendipitous,” since “I definitely wanted to find another way to get back into television.  I had a deal at ABC for the past eight years to do a sitcom for them, but we never found anything that would stick,” notes the former “Steve Harvey Show” and “Cedric the Entertainer Presents” star.  “I see the fun my good friend Steve Harvey is having doing ‘Family Feud,’ Howie Mandel on ‘Deal or No Deal,’ Jeff Foxworthy on ‘Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader” and doing a game show looked interesting.  When this came up, I thought, ‘Okay, I’m out of my box right now.  Let’s try it.”


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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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