ABC Is Picking Up A Family Comedy Series Based On Nicki Minaj’s Life

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

ABC Family Picks Up Nicki Minaj Comedy to Series.

The sitcom will be based on her family’s move from Trinidad to the United States and Minaj’s development as an artist growing up in Queens, New York, the channel said.Dazed reports that Grammy award nominee and multi-platinum record artist Nicki Minaj shall cross over from the stage to the small screen as she stars in her own scripted comedy show.

The untitled series will center on her childhood in Queens, N.Y., with her vibrant family and will reveal how her evolution led to her eventual rise to international fame. Minaj has become a household name thanks to her catchy rhymes, but many don’t know that she was actually born as Onika Tanya Maraj and moved to America at the age of five.

The project will shoot in Minaj’s hometown of Queens starting this winter. “This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.” Kate Angelo (Will & Grace) penned the pilot and will write the project. It will be written by screenwriter Kate Angelo, who is best known for penning episodes of Will & Grace, and co-writing the Cameron Diaz vehicle Sex Tape.

She will exec produce the series with Minaj, Aaron Kaplan (Chasing Life), Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher (Boss), as well as Gee Roberson. “Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches,” said ABC Family exec vp development Karey Burke. “We’re beyond thrilled to bring her one-of-a-kind story to our channel. Here’s an excerpt from a Rolling Stone story in 2010: When I first came to America,” [Minaj] says, “I would go in my room and and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that god would make me rich so that I could take care of my mother.” Minaj’s father was a violent drug addict once set their house on fire while her mother was inside.

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.” In addition to her one-season stint on American Idol, Minaj has appeared in Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Other Woman and the upcoming Barbershop 3. She has no qualms about sharing these stories, even though her parents still live together and her father would prefer that she not share their history. “It’s the price you pay when you abuse drugs and alcohol,” she says. “Maybe one day your daughter will be famous and talk to every magazine about it, so think about that, dads out there who want to be crazy.

She also talked about her father in a cover story for Vibe: “I thought we would just be happy, but with a drug-addicted parent there is no such thing as being happy. When you have a father who is stealing your furniture and selling it so that he can buy crack, you suffer,” she said. “You come home from school and your couch is gone.

You’re like, ‘What happened?’” Minaj made waves in spring 2012 when she sat for an interview on “Nightline” and told similar stories to anchor JuJu Chang: “My father was abusive,” she said, via quotes from the New York Daily News. “We were afraid for (my mother’s) life because whenever he would have a real bad outburst, he would threaten to kill her.” At the time, that set off a wave of stories including one from TMZ. I wished he was dead.” As for Minaj’s new autobiographical show on ABC Family, the network confirmed the show wouldn’t focus on these scenarios: “It’s a comedy about the lighter aspects” of Minaj’s life, a spokeswoman said.

From New York Magazine: Her dad was an addict who sold the family’s furniture to buy drugs; her mother, a nurse’s aide, struggled to keep a stable home. “To get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person,” Minaj says. “‘Cookie’ was my first identity—that stayed with me for a while.”

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