Season five of the hit franchise “Rickey Smiley For Real” returns to TV One with more fun, family drama and life challenges on Tuesday, October 30 at 8 p.m. This season, the show captures Rickey Smiley navigating the ups and downs of his professional demands while adapting to new additions in his household, and juggling the growing pains of his young adult children. Various health topics and relationship matters will also be revealed throughout the season. A hit with critics and viewers alike, “Rickey Smiley For Real,” Season 4 reached 7.3MM unique viewers during its premiere run.
To kick things off this season, the promotions campaign celebrates Rickey’s proud HBCU roots with a series of hilarious, high-energy spots. Featuring Rickey as an honorary ‘drum major’ for the Clark Atlanta University Marching Band, the rest of the cast, including Da Brat, Juicy, and Gary With da Tea, join in the fun. In partnership with Urban One, TV One will also host the “Rickey Smiley For Real” HBCULove Tailgate Truck Tour Experience at the annual SpelHouse Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, October 27. The interactive event will feature a branded truck, silent listening party, a live DJ, a virtual reality experience, and promotional giveaways.
In this season’s opener, all the kids have moved out and Rickey finally has the house to himself. Just as Rickey gets comfortable being an empty nester, four new teenagers move into his Birmingham mansion courtesy of his cousin Summer, who’s looking for a fresh start after suffering from a stroke.
Rickey must also deal with his college-aged daughter D’Essence getting arrested for two DUI’s, Aaryn’s mom getting remarried, and turning 50.
Over at the radio station, Gary with da Tea reveals he has a life-threatening health issue. Da Brat informs Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow that she wants to hold a “Queen of the Ring” in Atlanta with Babs Bunny. Headkrack and Beyonce have started an event planning company, and Porsha Williams tries to play matchmaker for Rickey.
It’s well known that Rickey can throw down in the kitchen and this season, he’s bringing his passion to a brand new online cooking show. Following each episode at 9/8C, Rickey will keep you laughing while he prepares his favorite mouthwatering recipes on TV One’s new digital series “Cooking Up Comedy” available on TVOne.tv and Facebook.