Reboots may be the order of the…century… but never in a million years did I think I’d be seeing an “In Living Color” reboot – but you know what? I’ll take it like a twenty-buck note floating in the winter wind!
The “Charlie’s Angels”, “Bionic Woman” and “Knight Rider” reboots nobody needed. But the relaunch of a crazy-good comedy series that gave us such memorable moments as these….?
Yes. No fries. Just that. That’s satisfying enough!
Many a night I’d sit up late watching repeats of this rowdily funny ’90s sketch-comedy series – which launched the careers of Damon and Keenen-Ivory Wayans, but more so, Jim Carrey – and I don’t think there’s been anything quite like it, or as comically efficient since. It is missed. “SNL” has it’s moments, and “MadTV” would occasionally get a chuckle from me, but “In Living Color” was just better at stealing giggles. It was also hipper. And Damon Wayans was the bomb on it. Homie don’t play that.
No word on Damon’s involvement yet, but according to the press release we recieved earlier today Keenen is back onboard – he’ll host and executive produce the show.
Now at the moment Fox have only greenlit two ‘specials’, meaning basically two episodes of the new “In Living Color”, to air in the spring of 2012, but I’m betting if they’re successful the show will be back for good.
Two snaps up! An updated version of the groundbreaking FOX sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” will air as two half-hour specials in the spring of 2012. Exact dates to be announced.
The specials will be hosted and executive-produced by original series creator/executive producer Keenen Ivory Wayans. This is a modern-day take on the hit sketch comedy show that will feature a new cast of fresh, young talent, as well as musical performances by special guests.
“In Living Color” aired from 1990 to 1994 on FOX. Starring Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans, the show launched both of their careers, as well as those of siblings Shawn, Marlon and Kim, not to mention featured players Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and “Fly Girl” Jennifer Lopez.
The iconic series put a hip, edgy spin on popular culture and featured characters and sketches that became part of the American vernacular, such as “Men on Film,” starring flamboyant film critics Blaine Edwards (Damon Wayans) and Antoine Merriweather (David Alan Grier); Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), a dour urban kiddie entertainer whose catchphrase was “Homey don’t play that!”; streetwise scam artists “The Home Boys” (Keenen Ivory and Damon Wayans); and Fire Marshall Bill (Jim Carrey), a disfigured safety expert.
“In Living Color” is executive produced by Ivory Way Productions in association with Fox 21, a production company housed within Twentieth Century Fox Television devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted series for the cable television market, as well as bold and distinctive unscripted shows for both cable and broadcast networks.