Nicki Minaj ‘Scandal’ Rumors, New ABC ‘Freeform’ Series Details Emerge

Nicki Minaj and the subjects of acting or television will be a strong ongoing theme in 2016, and the rumors just got a little bit richer. In addition to a long list of projects announced at the end of 2015 by Nicki Minaj, some of them are officially underway as of mid-January.

On top of that, the TV show Scandal has now been thrown into Nicki Minaj televised-appearance mix.

Ace Showbiz claims that Nicki Minaj is hinting around that she’d like to be on an upcoming episode of the television hit, Scandal. The rumors started when Nicki Minaj tweeted to the star of Scandal, Kerry Washington, around January 14 that she was going to guest star on the show “soon.”

Although rumors have not been confirmed or denied about Nicki Minaj and Scandal, it would not be surprising if Minaj landed another acting role for 2016.

Forbes reports that Nicki Minaj recently won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, but IOL reports that 2016 is the year for Nicki Minaj and acting.

Nicki Minaj kept it a secret that she would be acting in 2016

The Mirror added to this on December 28, and stated that Nicki Minaj “will star in comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut and also has another secret film project up her sleeve.”

That other project has nothing to do with Nicki Minaj and her current beef with reality TV show star, Farrah Abraham, according to Jewocity, and has more to do with a show based on Nicki Minaj’s own childhood.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, around October 10, 2015, it was announced that Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars would have television shows written about their early childhoods in 2016.

MTV thinks Nicki Minaj will be good at the autobiography-style of her new comedy sitcom on ABC because she once interviewed herself. On January 13, they reported that fans loved seeing Nicki Minaj doing this type of comedy.

About Nicki Minaj’s new television series based on her life, on January 11 it was announced that Ariana Neal, the main actress playing Minaj in Nicki, was seen on the streets of Queens, NYC, being filmed for the series, according to the Daily Mail.

People reported on December 19, that Nicki Minaj agonized over picking the cast for Nicki but when she saw Ariana Neal, Nicki said “I literally cried watching her taped audition. I demanded to meet her!”

On January 12, Access Hollywood added to reports about the filming of Nicki Minaj’s childhood biography and stated “The series stars Ariana Neal (as Nicki), Selita Ebanks, Wesley Jonathan and McCarrie McCausland. The first episode will also feature Whoopi Goldberg and J.B. Smoove.”

Broadway World stated that Nicki Minaj’s story would be produced by her and she would be an actress in the ABC series. They also stated Nicki Minaj was an executive producer and other key behind-the-scenes talent included Tim Story as director, Kate Angelo as writer and executive producer. Aaron Kaplan, Brian Sher, Gee Roberson, and Stella Bulochnikov will also be working with Nicki Minaj as executive producers.

The filming of the Nicki Minaj show appears to be ongoing, and another sighting took place on January 15, in Ozone Park. The Forum News Group reported that Ozone Park is where Nicki Minaj went to elementary school, and one of her former teachers was interviewed during the filming of her show. Allegedly, Nicki Minaj’s fifth-grade teacher stated the following.

“The fact that Nicki is filming here means that she is giving young people in New York jobs and the opportunity to fulfill the same sort of dreams that she herself had.”

Of course, many fans are excited to see Nicki Minaj in the control seat because some critics feel she is often “portrayed as an angry Black woman.”

According to an opinion piece from the Independent written on January 13, Nicki Minaj is an example of why “it is time that the choices the media make when portraying black women is challenged and we put an end to the stereotype of the irrational ‘Angry Black Woman.’ Instead we should unpack the reasons why black women might be annoyed in the first place.”

Thankfully, ABC seems to like this idea that Nicki Minaj needs to be writing her own script and “unpacking” her reasons for being annoyed in the first place (most likely starting with her childhood). ABC has made big announcements over the recent past stating that their network image was about to change dramatically and would start going under the name “Freeform.”

Nicki Minaj will be writer, actress, and executive producer at ABC, Disney's new Freeform.

The Washington Post reported that “The ABC Family network is pointedly getting rid of the ‘ABC’ in its name when it makes the transition to the Freeform network on Tuesday (January 12).”

About the changes at ABC that include Nicki Minaj and others, USA Today wrote on January 9, that their long-term goal is to get away from the ABC Family/Disney names and focus on the fact their shows attract “teens and women ages 18 to 34.”

Along those lines, the Wall Street Journal stated on January 9, that Nicki Minaj will have a lot of company at Freeform and, in late January, they are “debuting Recovery Road, a drama about a co-ed recovery house.”

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