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Nicki Minaj announces cast for ABC Family's NEW scripted comedy "Nicki".

Nicki Minaj has revealed casting details for her upcmoing ABC Family scripted comedy series, posting on Instagram: “I am honored and excited to announce that Ive literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series “Nicki” #ABCFamily #Freeform. Ive been going to the auditions falling in love with some incredible people. Looking forward to unveiling this groundbreaking new show for you guys in 2016!”

[via press release from ABC Family]

NICKI MINAJ ANNOUNCES CAST FOR ABC FAMILYS NEW SCRIPTED COMEDY “NICKI”

Up-and-Coming Actress Ariana Neal Will Play the Title Role

Whoopi Goldberg to Guest Star

Burbank, CA (December 18, 2015) – Today ABC Family confirmed cast for the scripted comedy “Nicki.” Ariana Neal (“Get Hard,” “Fruitvale Station”) will play Nicki, a role inspired by Nicki Minaj in her early years before she became a Grammy Award-nominated, multiplatinum superstar; Selita Ebanks (“Real Husbands of Hollywood”) will play the role of Grace, Nickis mom; Wesley Jonathan (“The Soul Man”) will play Vincent, Nicki and Jaylens father; and McCarrie McCausland (“Army Wives,” “The Originals”) is cast as Jaylen, Nickis older brother. Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as Nickis neighbor, Miss Martha. Minaj is executive producer and will also appear in the show. ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016.

The single-camera comedy is inspired by the story of Minaj and her familys immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s, her growing up in Queens, New York with her vibrant family, and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom. In October, ABC Family announced a series commitment for the half-hour comedy. “Nicki” will shoot in Queens this winter with director Tim Story (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”).

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

Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC Family (to be renamed Freeform on January 12, 2016) is distributed in 94 million homes.

From mypinkfriday.com

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