Alicia Keys signs series deal with UPN

UPN has announced it is developing a drama based on the childhood of Nine-time Grammy-winner Alicia Keys. According to, Keys will executive produce the coming-of-age story, which is to center on a girl from a biracial family. The deal is similar to the one the network made with Chris Rock, which turned into his hit series, ‘Everybody Hates Chris,’ reported Thursday. The project would be loosely based on Keys` childhood. Her Jamaican father left when she was 2 and Keys was raised by her Irish-Italian mother in New York`s Hell`s Kitchen. Keys sang her first role in her kindergarten`s production of ‘The Wiz’ at the ripe old age of 4 and started piano lessons when she was 7, said. She was valedictorian of New York`s Professional Performing Arts School and had a major label recording deal by age 16. No timetable has been given for the series, but noted it could be ready by next season.


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