Sinbad is set to join the reality ranks, launching his own celebrity docusoap series on WEtv.
Sinbad’s Family Affair (working title) will follow the actor/comedian and his family as they work and live in Los Angeles, with Sinbad trying to re-launch his comedy career.
“It’s not your run-of-the-mill reality show,” Sinbad tells EW. “I’m looking at this medium to find ways to be creative. If done right, reality TV can be funny.”
The backstory on the show:
After The Sinbad Show and his movie roles (remember Jingle All the Way?) dried up, Sinbad re-married his college sweetheart, kicked his 30-person entourage off the payroll, and got back into his original passion of performing stand-up comedy.
Now living back in his original home where his career started, he’s working to rebuild his fanbase while his grown-up kids, Paige and Royce, are working on their own careers.
The pickup is part of WEtv’s family focused branding. “Sinbad’s story is one of second chances. It’s remarkable and heartwarming, but not without its drama, conflict and chaos,” said John Miller, senior vp of development, WE tv. “This is a modern family that’s reunited and they’re dealing with the emotions and issues that come along with that. It’s what viewers will see more of on WE tv, and women will be able to connect with this story and this family, either from their own experiences or those of people in their life.”
WEtv has ordered six episodes of the show from producer Thinkfactory Media and will premiere the series April 12 — following its other family celeb-reality show, Braxton Family Values.