Christian-Themed TV Show, 'The Soul Man,' Has 'strengthened my faith in God,' Actor in Series Says
By - Crossmap On June 28, 2012
John Beasley on "The Soul Man" (far right)
Entertainment has had a swarm of Christian-themed shows on cable television lately. With the recently cancelled, "GCB," and the BET talent show, "Sunday's Best," TV Land is joining the ranks with a sitcom titled "The Soul Man."
Despite the sitcom being TV Land's newest original show, it has received high ratings. "The Soul Man" achieved 1.9 million views in it's premiere last week. The out of the ordinary Christian comedy is TV Land's second-highest TV premiere in the 25-40 age group.
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"The Soul Man" stars Cedric the Entertainer as an R&B singer who becomes a pastor at a church. Niecy Nash and the Braxton sisters--Tamar and Trina also star along side TV veteran, Brandy Norwood.
Actor John Beasley is also in the series as a former minster named Barton Ballentine. He recently sat down with the Christian Post and spoke about his faith and experience in landing the role on the hit TV show.
"I think this project has strengthened my faith in God, this has been another blessing in my journey," Beasley said to the publication.
"We don't preach but it's a comedy based around a church setting, it's just the blessing of being able to do what I am."
The 69 year-old actor is no newcomer to the TV scene. Throughout appearing in over 38 films, Beasley has been featured in shows including "CSI" and "Everwood." His career as a full time actor began in his mid-40s because he wanted his children to complete college before he committed himself to a busy acting career.
The Nebraska native provided for his family as a Union Pacific Railroad worker. However, he knew God promised him that he would become a successful actor.
"I always felt that God had made me a promise that when I was ready, it would be provided for me," Beasley revealed to CP. "That's why when I left the Union Pacific Railroad I knew I had a promise from God that I could do this. I stepped out on faith that doors would open up and sure enough they did."
Beasley draws inspiration for his character on "The Soul Man" from his own family members who were churchgoers.
"I was telling my cousin how I had drawn from some of my relatives. I have an aunt who has a sense of humor and an uncle who is a preacher," Beasley said. "[But] anybody can relate to these themes. White, black, anybody can enjoy this humor because it deals with family situations."
"This show brings back earlier shows where [a] family could sit down and watch the show together," Beasley continue.
"There's respect among the generations and we do have multiple generations in this show. It's clean and done with respect to family and to the church."
Catch more episodes of "The Soul Man" on TV Land.