Move over, “Pretty Little Liars.” There’s going to be a new, must-watch ABC Family show in town, helmed by none other than Nicki Minaj herself.
If this news is making you scratch your head in confusion, don’t worry. We sort of felt that way too. But even though historically, ABC Family has produced less-than-stellar original shows, they’ve trended in the opposite direction as of late, creating interesting, human stories that don’t gloss over the uncomfortable details. I immediately think of “Switched At Birth” and “The Fosters,” as well as Amy-Sherman Palladino’s post-“Gilmore” (and short-lived) “Bunheads.” And if Minaj is involved, which she is, heavily, it’s sure to be a night of television well worth watching.
According to reports, the show will focus on Nicki Minaj’s childhood and story, of her family’s immigration from Trinidad, her childhood in Queens, New York, and her eventual rise to stardom and the lofty place she now enjoys as queen of our hearts.
Minaj is not just the inspiration, and not just the face of the show: she’s the executive producer and she’ll be starring in the half-hour comedy. ABC Family recently released a statement that speaks to their enthusiasm of the project and what they’re willing to do to faithfully capture Minaj’s true story:
“Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches. We’re beyond thrilled to bring her one-of-a-kind story to our channel. Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Minaj is equally as excited, as well she should be:
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
The show will be a family-friendly comedy, but I’m betting that this new show will be much more interesting to older fans who are eager for a bit of truth and honest storytelling among shows geared toward teenagers. Even though tween shows are well loved, they’re notorious for being somewhat vapid and silly. Shows like Girl Meets World are slowly changing that trend, most likely because of the efforts of its 13-year-old star Rowan Blanchard.
So it’s up to Nicki Minaj to ensure her story, while being called “hilarious,” is also truthful and not sugarcoated. Older fans of Nicki’s are sure to watch this show as well (me!), opening up the network to a wider demographic and drawing in a much larger audience.
The show is set to begin filming this winter in Minaj’s native Queens. I will definitely be watching.