EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Anderson Talks Hosting The Soul Train Awards, Working on New Family Sitcom

Anthony Anderson is not taking his new gig as host of the Soul Train Awards lightly. “I plan on making it a party. Expect the unexpected from me,” he tells ESSENCE.com.

Keeping in line with this year’s 90s theme, Anderson reveals he may just reunite his fictional ’90s boy band. “Not too many people know I was part of a band back in the day called Lustasy,” he joked. “I’ve located some of the guys so there may be a one time performance, 20 years in the making.”

According to Anderson his group had hits such as “I Still Want It Even If Your Breath Stanks” and “Your Head On My Headboard.”

On top of getting back with his boy band, Anderson has also been busy cooking his way around the country on his AOL web series Anthony Eats America where he helps people cook their favorite meals in their home kitchens. “You don’t have to be a chef, just someone who likes to cook at home,” he explained.

While he’ll be end the calendar year hosting the awards show, which airs December 1 on Centric, we won’t have to wait long to see Anderson back on the small screen. He’s also the host of the new NBC game show Wall of Fame—he describes it as a modern-day Hollywood Squares—and developing a family sitcom with producer Kenya Barris (Soul Food, Girlfriends, The Game, America’s Next Top Model). “Lawrence Fishburne is attached to play my father,” Anderson shared. They’re developing the show with ABC for fall of 2014.

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what Lustasy has in store come December 1.

Be sure to tune into the Soul Train Awards on Centric Sunday, December 1st at 8pm/7C.


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