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Atlanta R&B singer Keyshia Cole returns with new BET reality show Oct. 9

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21:  Singer Keyshia Cole performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21: Singer Keyshia Cole performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Keyshia Cole, the Atlanta R&B singer, was last seen on reality TV screens in 2008 on BET’s “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.” She decided to take a break from the cameras while her sister Neffeteria Pugh and mom Frankie Lons spent a season on a short-lived spinoff “Frankie & Neffe.”

Cole in 2009 met the man of her dreams, Cleveland Cavalier player Daniel Gibson, who actually said he had a crush on her on TV before meeting her. They quickly fell in love, had a baby, then got married last year in Las Vegas. Four months later, they held a family gathering/vow renewal in Hawaii.

James DuBose, who produced the first Cole reality show, convinced BET to bring Cole back in a different light, to show how she is adjusting to life as a mother and wife while juggling her music career.

“We really want to complete the journey,” DuBose said. “We want to educate and inspire people.”

The first reality show boosted her career. Now will this version, which will run for eight episodes, help her again? That’s your call, viewers.

Cole herself isn’t keen on interviews. (In fact, I’ve only spoken to her briefly while she was having her makeup done during the filming of season one six years ago.) So I opted to talk to DuBose, who also created the VH1’s “The Michael Vick Project,” BET’s “Monica: Still Standing,” and BET’s “Tiny & Toya.”

DuBose has a knack for portraying his cast in a sympathetic light. For someone like Cole, he’s not just a producer but a real friend.

Cole herself has never been a colorful reality show “character.” She is pretty even keeled. Her first show relied on the histrionics generated by her mother and her sister. Her mom returns for this series, but is only a recurring character. The focus, DuBose said, is on Cole and Gibson.

He said Cole’s mom Frankie is doing better in sobriety. (She appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” a couple years ago.) “She looks fantastic,” he said. “She’s gained weight. Fans will cheer her when they see how far she’s come, how far Keyshia has come never giving up on her mother.”

At the same time, she’s learning not to enable her mom.

“At some point, you can love your family but you have to stop enabling them and show them how to fish for themselves,” Dubose said. (Cole’s sister Neffe does not show up in this series, even for her wedding. But DuBose insists their relationship is “fine.”)

Like “T.I. & Tiny,” this couple appears to be loyal and loving. But like other couples who have been shown on TV like this such as “Kendra,” the challenges of two celebrity lifestyles and maintaining a marriage is difficult. And Gibson struggles with an injury that lands him in the hospital during the taping while Cole works on her latest album.

DuBose isn’t the type of producer to “create” events and situations for the subjects, which is typical on the more drama-filled reality shows such as “Real Housewives” and “Love & Hip Hop.” He tries hard to just capture what’s going on in their lives. “You have to shoot a little more and shoot a little longer,” he said. “And it takes longer to edit. Real stories don’t have a script to go by.”

On TV
“Keyshia & Daniel: Family First”
10 p.m. Tuesday, BET, debuting Oct. 9

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10 comments Add your comment

Pitchy

October 10th, 2012
9:34 am

Keyshia Cole is one of my favorite singers. I love the raspiness of her voice. I am glad she will be back on TV. I definitely will be watching. The love she has for her mother is phenomenal. Glad Frankie is doing so well.

Pitchy

October 10th, 2012
10:59 am

Dang, am I the only person liking Keyshia Cole???

Tank

October 10th, 2012
11:24 am

I liked what I saw last night and have always been a Keyshia Cole fan. I’m rooting for her and Daniel’s marriage to last.

Pitchy

October 10th, 2012
11:47 am

What do you mean “what you saw last night?” Did her show already start???

Just Me

October 10th, 2012
12:34 pm

hey Pitchy, read the title. Show started yesterday

Pitchy

October 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

LOL…don’t know how I missed that.

Dee

October 10th, 2012
3:08 pm

This is a quality show and Keyshia and Daniel is shown in a interesting and positive light. No marriage is issue free and if you put in the work everything will be alright. Love this show, good look

Pitchy

October 10th, 2012
3:33 pm

I’m going to have it to find it On Demand, or just wait until the weekend for a repeat showing.

2Infiniti

October 11th, 2012
5:48 pm

I like Keisha Cole — I really do — but I am not interested in seeing yet another KC reality show. *YAWN* Can’t she just make music?

Denyse

October 11th, 2012
5:58 pm

Whenever married couples get a reality show, their marriages are doomed — with the exception of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and may a couple others. The rest are CURSED. Couples who broke up after their reality tv shows:

1. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpleton, I mean Simpson
2. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
3. Hulk Hogan and Mrs. Hulk Hogan
4. Evelyn Lozado and Chad Ocho Stupid Cinco
5. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
6. Britney and Kevin
7. Shannon Moakler and Travis Barker
8. NeNe and Greg Leakes
9. Camille and Kelsey Grammer
10. Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra

You get my point. Good luck with that.