Sinbad returning to TV, lands WEtv reality show -- EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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  • Brett

    So he’s basically starting from the ground up, only this time with a reality crew? Sorry, not interested. He was on the Celebrity Apprentice and was not engaging at all. Also, most reality shows are funny… Nothing new there.

    • ks

      I think he is funny and I loved the show!

  • Cris

    They could call it “I Used to be Famous.”

    • ks

      He is still famous. Still on TV and still funny! Don’t be a hater.

  • John

    30 person entourage? I don’t know about this one but does anyone else think that Run’s House is the fakest-looking and worst scripted and acted reality show on TV?

    • Brett

      ‘Run’s House’ is completely fake. I don’t believe they’re airing it anymore. I certainly don’t think MTV’s new head will bring it back if he didn’t even want Lauren Conrad’s show.

    • sandra

      I hate that show run’s house. I always change the channel when that show comes on. I like Sinbad alot now, at first when he first got started in show business I hated that man and all the shows he played in, he was so corney and way to light skin with red hair and look like he had freckles. But, now he seems more real and down to earth and looks better in his older yrs..If the show is not any good like runs house, trust me I will not be watching so it better be good for me to give it T.V. air-ways and to watch.

    • Bambieyes

      Yes. I thought the daughters were very winey and, unrealistic, and superficial. Who knows who they really are, but I think Sinbad has been real since the beginning of his career and I look forward to watching his show.

      Plus, I met him in person years ago and he just as genuine in person as you see on tv.

  • Jethro

    Obviously, his career has been dead for so long, why waste more TV time on this talentless individual. First C.A., now his own, Sinbad, just sail away and call it quits!

  • Jason

    I recently saw his stand up special on comedy central and thought it was hilarious.

  • duuuuuuude

    His old comedy specials were GOLD. Wonder if he’s still half as good…

  • PM

    Sinbad’s been gone too long! I haven’t seen him in a comedy since the ’90s. I can’t believe the broadcast networks turned him down to have his own show in later years. I hope he has some inroads with this. I think the only way for some faded ’80s or ’90s stars to find TV work is a reality show or getting on Dancing with the Stars instead of a regular scripted sitcom or a drama.

  • renee

    so watching. sinbad is hilarious. hated he dropped off the face of the earth and wishing him success as he reignites himself.

  • Joyaliz

    Funny how some people are so quick to give some entertainers second chances (ie. Sheen) and not others. Sinbad is funny and never had a bad rep. Glad to see he’s getting another shot.

    • Bambieyes

      Joy, you are absolutely right! Finally, clean tv has returned. If it weren’t for tabloid news some celebrities wouldn’t be as famous as they are. The sad part is, real talent is shunned, while obnoxious behavior is glorified.

  • Bonks

    I LOVE Sinbad. He’s hilarious! You GO Boo! I’m rooting for ya.

  • Karikata

    Sinbad is one of the funniest “clean” comedians out there and I’m glad he’s making a comeback. His comedy specials always had me crying from laughing so hard. I wish him the best of luck.

    • Kimberly

      I agree. Not really sure where he has been but what’s wrong with taking a break to do you that he probably needed and overdue He has been gone for a few years so what! Look if you don’t like it turn the channel but at least give the man a chance I am sure it wont be any worst the the stuff your wasting your time on now!

  • Big Donny

    Didn’t they have something like this show….oh yeah a stand-up mother with Tammy Pescatelli….glad to see that they are original.

  • Anita Wills

    I look forward to seeing his show. He is a talented comedian and not offensive. Yes he was out in the nineties, but he was also funny. I hope that Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians from that era resurface. Their humor kept us rolling throughout the nineties.

  • Mony

    I’m SO looking forward to this. Sinbad totally shaped my humor as a kid and I caught one of his shows in NYC not long ago and he’s STILL hilarious. Def tuning in

  • Mike

    We saw Sinbad earlier tonight in Chicopee, MA. He did a 2 plus hour show and was hilarious. I had mostly forgoten about him, but a group of us thought it could be a fun show. Anyway, he was great. The best part was a lot of the show he just did off the cuff. He asked folks in the crowd what they wanted to talk about and was hilarious no matter the topic. If you get a chance, go check it out.

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