Earlier this summer, a test pilot aired on OWN featuring actor Flex Alexander and his wife R&B singer Shanice. “Flex and Shanice” did so well in ratings that OWN decided to push ahead with a series.
“Saturday nights on OWN have become the place to be for viewers seeking great family entertainment, and we are pleased to share the newest members of our family with our audience,” said Sheri Salata, OWN co-president. “Flex, Shanice and their big, loud, loving brood are not unlike many families today who have combined resources in order to get through some tough times. Seeing how their love, laughter, and enduring faith in one another makes even the most challenging of days worthwhile is both entertaining and inspiring. We think our viewers are really going to connect with them.”
The reality show will not only focus on family, but will also delve into the financial issues that Flex and Shanice have experienced over the years. Flex sat down with Yahoo Music and said that the series will display some of the ‘ups and downs of the [entertainment] business.’ “You’re making money. You think it’s just going to continue to go on…and then reality hits, and you’re looking like, ‘Wow, there’s nothing in the account,” said Flex.
Most people know pop sensation Shanice Wilson for her Grammy-nominated hit song “I Love Your Smile” and actor Flex Alexander from the hit TV show, “One on One,” but few people know that this “fairytale couple” faced career stumbling blocks and quickly hit “financial rock bottom.”
Flex and Shanice realized that they need to take their wedding vow “for richer or poorer” to heart, so with their two children, 12-year-old Imani and 10-year-old Elijah, they moved into a rental home and brought their hilarious extended family into the mix to help cover the cost. A total of nine people live in the house, including Shanice’s “momager,” Crystal. And with a full house there are no secrets, everything is out in the open.
“It’s hard being a broke celebrity!” Shanice exclaims, although financially, according to the network, things are starting to look up for Flex and Shanice. Flex has booked some gigs and consults with fellow comedienne, actress and OWN star Kym Whitley about his next career moves. Shanice is getting back into the recording studio, but when new gossip surfaces that her mom might have been the reason for her career troubles, Shanice turns to her former producer, Babyface, for advice and is forced to take a hard look at their relationship. When the inevitable confrontation takes place, Crystal shrieks, “Hell no! You belong to me!”
“Flex and Shanice” will air on Saturday nights starting this Fall.