A&E Network is developing a variety series hosted and produced by 50 Cent, the network announced on Thursday. Titled “50 Cent Presents,” the sketch comedy, music and showcase project was developed by the actor and rapper whose real name is Curtis Jackson.
In the show, Jackson will focus his skills on curating comedic, musical and performance acts to create a “variety series unlike any other.” He plans to help break new talent, as well as give his A-list friends a chance to display their lesser known skills.
“I grew up watching variety shows and am excited to put my own spin on the format. I hope everyone is ready to bring their talent forward, I want to show the world the best of the best,” Jackson said.
“Leaning into A&E’s legacy in showcasing the arts, we’re setting out to redefine the traditional variety show,” A&E’s EVP and head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant commented. “50 Cent is the perfect partner to refresh this classic format. He is a true tastemaker across industries and we are excited to see his impressive showcase of talent.”
“50 Cent Presents” hails from Back Roads Entertainment and Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television.
Best known as an award-winning rapper, Jackson took a major turn in acting on Starz’s drama series “Power.” This pilot season, he was also developing a Fox comedy with Will Packer in which he was set to appear in, though the project was never picked up to series.
Jackson is repped by APA and Eric Feig.