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FOX to Reboot IN LIVING COLOR with Keenan Ivory Wayans
Topic Started: Oct 28 2011, 07:36 PM (792 Views)
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Fox To Reboot ‘In Living Color’ With Keenen Ivory Wayans; 2 Specials Set For Midseason

By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 4:28pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is bringing back its groundbreaking 1990s sketch comedy series In Living Color with the series’ creator and star, Keenen Ivory Wayans, on board as host and executive producer. Fox has ordered two In Living Color half-hour specials to air as part of the network’s 25th anniversary celebration in midseason with a series option behind them, meaning that in success, the reboot will join Fox’s schedule as a regular series next season. I hear it was Wayans’ idea to revive the popular sketch comedy series with a new cast. The new In Living Color will be produced by his production company Ivory Way Prods in association with 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox 21.

Like the remake, the original In Living Color, which was produced by Ivory Way Prods and 20th TV, also launched in midseason, premiering on April 15, 1990. It broke stereotypes by employing a cast of mostly black comedians and introducing hip-hop and dancing to mainstream television. The show helped launch the careers of a slew of comedy actors — its cast included Wayans; his siblings Damon, Shawn, Kim and later Marlon; as well as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier — and of course Jennifer Lopez as one of the Fly Girls. In Living Color gave its actors freedom to improvise and it skewered everyone, particularly black America. In probably the most successful programming stunt opposite the Super Bowl ever, a special live edition of In Living Color drew some 25 million viewers during the halftime of the 1992 Super Bowl on CBS. But the show’s fearlessness when it comes to the targets of its jokes and the unapologetic political incorrectness of its skits often ran afoul with Fox’s censors. The frequent clashes contributed to Wayans’ departure from the show after the third season though he remained an executive producer. In Living Color ended its run in May 1994 after five seasons.

Fox has long been looking to launch a successful new sketch comedy series. Last season, it tried with In The Flow With Affion Crockett, executive produced by In Living Color alum Foxx, which was originally slated for midseason but ultimately aired in the summer to low ratings. Keenen Ivory Wayans, repped by UTA, has been focused on features for the past 15 years, directing, writing and producing the successful Scary Movie franchise as well as White Chicks and Little Man, on which he worked with his brothers. At Fox 21, In Living Color joins series Homeland, Breakout Kings and Sons Of Anarchy.
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Thanks for posting this.

So will they try to duplicate the same orginal formula they had from before from the last In Living Color and have a new set of hip hop dancers possibly and have new fly girls and maybe some fly guys too dancing at the start of the opening and in between commercials and maybe get a number once in while and have more comedians and mores skits with comedians in them that are really funny like like before for that would be really great and its great to see that Keanan Ivory Wayans is going to host the show once more like before.

I loved this show in the past and loved all the funny skits that had on it from before.
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HBD-Nesta Robert Marley,February 6, 1945 BitchesBrew

SAY WHAT?! Man I Loved this show back in the day.
Wouldn't have never thought about ILC being remade, It' will probably make a nice anniversary special but a series remake;Humm don't see it having that same 90's era greatness nor the talents of a Jim Carrey, Jamey Foxx and The Waynas clan because the times & viewing audiences are so different now since REALITY TV RULES (which I hate) but I just don't think there is a market of appreciation for Sketch comedy anymore the geniuses of Carol Burnetts days, Robert Towsend and In living Color type shows are null void before they can even start in this day & age.. Hate to sound like a bitter bird however I just don't see it working as a full reboot.

Thanx for bringing it NavLee!
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^^Oh man you mention both the Carol Burnett show and In Living Colour, two of my all time favorite shows EVER.
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Let me tell ya somethin'.....LOL Fire Marshall Bill!

YES!!! I hope its as funny as the original.
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I can't wait for this.
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Buh-Bye Tan of Our Lives

This sounds AWESOME!! ILC was one of my favorite shows growing up....LOVE Sketch comedy shows...I am a huge fan (SNL, MadTV, Almost Live, In Living Color, Kids in the Hall)...
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OMG I loved this show! :cheer:
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