Wednesday, February 18, 2009
MC Hammer to star in A&E reality series, "Hammertime"
A&E has picked up a new series starring '90s rapper MC Hammer.
The performer, his wife and five children will be the focus of a half-hour, 11-episode reality series set to premiere this year.
The title, naturally, is "Hammertime."
Executive producer J.D. Roth said the show likely will play similar to an unscripted version of the Huxtable family from "The Cosby Show."
"Here's a dad with five kids, married to the same woman for more than 23 years, living in the same place where he grew up and going to church every Sunday," Roth said. "He's had his ups and downs, and it's what makes him such a character you root for."
Hammer had a spectacular rise and fall in the early 1990s, becoming a household name and selling millions of records before falling into debt and bankruptcy because of overspending on a lavish lifestyle. Hammer "now lives a more economically balanced life," according to the show's press materials, as a "new-age dad" in Oakland, Calif. This month, he appeared with Ed McMahon in a Cash4Gold Super Bowl ad.
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