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Nicki Minaj: What would a TV show based on her childhood mean for ABC Family?

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ABC Family is reportedly producing a show based on the childhood of rapper Nicki Minaj. 

The network has given a series commitment to a comedy show about Ms. Minaj’s early life. It will center on Minaj’s childhood in Queens, her family, and how she become a successful musician. 

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“The Back-Up Plan” and “Will & Grace” writer Kate Angelo is reportedly on board as a writer. 

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Minaj revealed that she will be writing raps for the younger version of herself to perform on the ABC Family show. 

Minaj’s most recent album is “The Pinkprint,” which she debuted in December. At the most recent Grammy Awards, she was nominated for best rap song for her work “Anaconda” and shared a nomination for best pop duo/group performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J for the song “Bang Bang.” 

Her other hit singles include “Super Bass” and “Starships.” She also briefly served as a judge on the Fox reality competition “American Idol.”

As for the network at which Minaj’s project has landed, ABC Family has become more of a pop culture presence over the last several years. One of its biggest hits is the program “Pretty Little Liars,” which is based on the series of books of the same name by Sara Shepard. The show is currently in the middle of its sixth season. This past summer, a much-hyped episode led to the program becoming the highest-rated cable program for adults between 18 and 49 on the night it aired.

Past programs like “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” which debuted in 2008, ran for five seasons, and starred Shailene Woodley and Molly Ringwald, and “Kyle XY,” which debuted in 2006 and ran for three seasons, also became hits for ABC Family. 

The network recently premiered the comedy “Kevin from Work” as well as reality shows such as “Startup U.”

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A new show with Minaj will obviously be a high-profile project and could mean even more attention for the network.


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