CeeLo Green may no longer be sitting in a big red chair, but he's got a new throne of his very own.
The singer/producer/entrepreneur quit his high-profile gig on The Voice earlier this year to concentrate on other projects, including his new TBS show, CeeLo Green's the Good Life.
Much like A&E's Duck Dynasty, CeeLo Green's the Good Life is part reality, part comedy. It follows Green and his childhood friends Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo as they revive their music group Goodie Mob. Of course, much of the focus is still on Green and his career, but the camera follows all four guys as they jet across the country, doing everything from partying in Las Vegas to brainstorming business ideas in Atlanta.
In Monday's episode, Green's manager admonishes him to lose some weight, so he takes a dance class with a couple of babes. (Sexy women are already a theme so far in the show.) The results are predictably hilarious:
Yahoo TV chatted with Green about the genesis of the show, how "real" it actually is, and his status with The Voice.
How did The Good Life come about?
It came about because I had recently formed a production company called Emerald Productions, and my partners and I had started to put our feelers out there to see if maybe there was anyone interested in getting into business with us. And TBS just so happened to be in the market for something reality-based. It was perfect timing for the both of us. We filmed some content — myself and the guys reuniting and being in Vegas. We shot bicoastal — Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta. And they liked what they saw, so here we are!
People don't really get a chance to experience me domestically, if you will. [Laughs.] I think that there is a growing community that would be interested in such a thing and in the CeeLo Green brand. You want to know more about that wild and crazy guy.
The setup feels like a reality version of the show Entourage. Do you feel like that's the case?
Not really because there is an equality amongst us. And we can improv off of each other, very naturally, something like that Larry David style of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld, in which the characters are different, but they're very charming in a compelling kind of way.
There's been a lot of talk about how the show seems scripted. Is it?
Well, even the 6 o'clock news is scripted! You know what I'm saying? I'm not quite sure if we can handle the whole truth or if the whole truth is even entertaining. I'd much rather that there be imagination and it be reality-based, because let's face it — the pickings are slim at this point. If it's just reality, I don't know if it'd be a good show.
The show has a definite comedic tone. Is that what you wanted to go for?
Yeah, I did, because I enjoy comedy. I've said to myself occasionally, maybe I could be funny under the right circumstances, because I can be around friends and family. It just so happens over my 20 or so year career that I've gotten more comfortable being myself on stage. So, yeah, definitely comedy is more of something that I want to be a part of — if anything, for the sake of balance. You don't see that lighter side of me often. This is also a name brand and someone that you trust to offer an alternative.
What can we expect from this first season?
Hijinks! I think we've done really well with me only having a little bit of formal training and my counterparts almost none. And after an almost 14-year hiatus of not recording music, to jump right into having a television show is impressive, all things considered. It's been really gratifying to me to look back at it in retrospect and realize all the things that were just going on around me that I may not have even noticed. And to see the guys jumping off the screen so naturally and everybody's comedic timing being so impeccable, it seems like this is something we could do professionally. It gives me a growing feeling of optimism for the future.
Will we ever see you on The Voice again?
You know what, man? I miss the people there and the relationships. But I don't miss the obligation; it was just exhausting. I could not multitask in an effective way, the way I would've liked. I couldn't be here, there, and everywhere all at the same time, with nothing conflicting. So, I'm enjoying this space that I'm in right now. I'm not an employee anymore, I'm an executive producer. Hey, it may not be NBC, but it's mine, you know what I'm saying? I'm proud of it and want to build on what we have. I do thank NBC and The Voice for all those great memories and giving me that platform to springboard from. They have a great deal to do with what success I can have as an independent producer. A lot of people know this name and this face and this personality because of that show. So, thank you, NBC. Thank you for that opportunity.
CeeLo Green's the Good Life airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. on TBS.