Nicki Minaj to star in new TV show based on her life

The yet-unnamed show to be produced by ABC Family

Nicki Minaj is the subject of an upcoming TV sitcom.

A new comedy series for ABC Family will be based on the rapper’s life, with Minaj herself starring in the show and serving as executive producer.

According to Deadline, the untitled series will focus on Minaj’s childhood and musical education in Queens, New York City in the 1990s after her family emigrated from Trinidad And Tobago.

The show will be written by scriptwriter Kate Angelo (Sex Tape, The Back-Up Plan), with shooting starting for its pilot episode in the borough during the winter.

If the pilot is deemed successful then ABC Family will commission the show for a full season.

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” Minaj says of the news. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”

ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke added, “Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches. Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

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Meanwhile, it was recently reported that a Northern Irish man has been jailed for repeated emergency calls to 999 in which he claimed to be Nicki Minaj.

Stephen Brown, 24, of Crumlin in County Antrim, has been jailed for four months for breaching his Asbo with the prank calls.

As local newspaper Belfast Live report, Brown is alleged to have made two calls on Christmas Day in 2014, the first claiming that two men were making threats to kill him, and another in which he pretended to be Minaj and claimed that there was a ghost in his house.

Appearing at Antrim County Court, Brown was told by Judge Desmond Marrinan QC that he was a “nuisance” and put others at risk by making non-emergency calls.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant is an alcoholic and “his own worst enemy”.

Brown’s initial sentence was eight months’ jail time, but has now been reduced on appeal.