Nicki Minaj's Biographical Comedy Gets Series Order at ABC Family

Bang bang into… a sitcom?

An early 90s-set comedy about rap superstar Nicki Minaj’s colorful family and rise to stardom has scored a series commitment at ABC Family.

The Grammy-nominated diva — who served as an American Idol judge for one season — will executive-produce and make appearances in the half-hour, single-camera series, the network announced on Tuesday.

Production on the pilot is slated to begin this winter in Queens, where Minaj and her family lived after emigrating from Trinidad and where the music star underwent a “personal and musical evolution” that led to her becoming a household name.

Kate Angelo (Sex Tape, Will and Grace) penned the pilot and will write and executive-produce the series. Aaron Kaplan (Life in Pieces, Chasing Life), Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher (Boss), and Gee Roberson will also serve as executive producers alongside Minaj.

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj, in a release. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”

Excited by the idea of Minaj’s life story serving as comedy fodder? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Jerome says:

    Headline is misleading as series commitment is not the same as series order.

  2. Pedro says:

    I hate when they pay money and give credit to people who do nothing but attach their name to something.

    Give real writers their due.

  3. rachelle says:

    Hmm. My curiosity has been peaked. We’ll see how this turns out.

  4. Sarah_ says:

    God really?? Don’t they have any more interesting story’s or scripts than this stupid idea?
    I don’t see this working at all.

    • Lizo says:

      Ya cause following a talented young black girl as she tackles sexism and racism as she climbs her way up the ridiculously competitive music industry ladder to become queen of an empire. Ya, absolutely nothing interesting or unique in there worth telling. Meanwhile, let’s tell *another* story about a straight white dude and his problems. There isn’t enough of those…

  5. Sally McLinn says:

    So this will be a summer fill-in; like the Carmichael’s?

  6. laurel says:

    it is so cool because i am from Trinidad and Tobago. i love to see the Caribbean heritage on USA tv. I remember when the Cosby show showcase steel pan in Claire and Cliff anniversary episode.

  7. Lizo says:

    Holy crap, yes. Yes yes yes yes.

    • Lizo says:

      And ABC Family couldn’t be a better network for it. They’re doing amazing work over there.

      • Dude says:

        I read that in sarcasm and I really hope that’s how it was meant.

        • Lizo says:

          Nope. The Fosters and Switched at Birth are easily two of the most edgy and intelligent shows on tv right now. They tackle stuff most shows don’t even touch, let alone delve into. I’ll give you that their comedies kinda suck, but the network has shown they’re clearly willing to tell stories that aren’t being told elsewhere.

  8. Mick says:

    Her family history is kind of dark. I wonder how they are going to make it a comedy, but I am excited. Always happy when someone from Southside Jamaica wins.

  9. H says:

    I welcome a show about Carribean people (“Creole”? I have no idea what the PC name is, maybe someone who knows can write it down in comments) because it’s a melting pot of races there and it can add a different prospective to the tired family sitcom trope.

    That said, if the show really focus on Nicki’s life, it will have to deal with her body disphorphia/massive plastic surgeries issue, and don’t see them doing that.

  10. Jay says:

    Absolutely trash. Will never watch a black show especially one about this worthless piece of garbage.

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  12. bos4ny3 says:

    Seriously? Who in the world would be interested in a Nicki Minaj series?

  13. Wendy says:

    Ewww, I can’t stand this gross woman. This will fail hard.

  14. Dude says:

    Makes sense. Her entire career’s been a joke. Might as well make it a legitimate one.