Thanks to his glittery outfits, crazy wigs and hilarious pet sidekicks, CeeLo Green has one of the most distinct personalities in the entertainment industry. Which is why it's not too surprising that the "Forget You" singer and Voice coach is starring in his own reality show.
"I have truly made a success out of being myself," Green told reporters at at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday. "So it's very easy for me to be honest. It takes a lot for me to lie."
CeeLo Green's The Good Life, premiering this summer on TBS, follows Green and three of his best childhood friends — Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo — as they prepare to release their first Goodie Mob album in 14 years. "We show the preparation of our album, the release of our album. We also show the preparation of us going on a mini-tour," T-Mo said. "A lot of the reality based part is us performing and recording."
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Although Green said that show is "semi-scripted," he and producers both stressed that situations depicted are based in reality and that there are no scripts for the show. "These are things that are really existing in these guys' lives, " executive producer Andrew Jameson said. "[Executive producer Eli Frankel] and I ... took pains to make sure this was authentic."
Green said one of the shows that inspired The Good Life was Larry David's semi-autobiographical comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. "It's truly the art imitating the life," he said. The series gets to "really showcase an intimacy that we've endured for the last 20 years together."
Apart from his various other projects, Green expressed hope that The Good Life would allow people "to see a more gentle side, a more comical side," he said. However, he also teased that he would be able to maintain some "mystique" despite pulling the curtain back on his personal life. "There are some things that people don't know, and even things that I allow or explore will lead to another question," said Green, who called his mysteriousness "the gift that keeps on giving."
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Although Green said a majority of the show was shot in Las Vegas during his spring residency (and during which he was replaced on The Voice by Usher), he revealed that viewers would be able to see his loyal feline sidekick from Season 2 of The Voice, Purrfect, on The Good Life. When asked about The Voice, which Green will not appear on next season, he was honest but optimistic about his future. "Believe it or not, I think the only thing that jades me just a bit about The Voice is that we have to discover ... the next big thing, a true star on the stage," Green said.
Although he said he would love to be the one to coach a contestant to true superstardom, "at this point, I would be glad for anyone, for the show in general to be responsible for that." Despite his ambition to mold the next singing sensation, Green admitted he enjoyed being able to take breaks away from the show. "I get erratic and I want to do something different because I'm a bit artsy-fartsy," Green said. "I'm human and I have other ambitions that I wanted to see through that will require my undivided attention."
However, Green said he wasn't ready to give up his red chair for good just yet. "I would gladly go back if they would have me," he said.
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