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In Living Color: FOX Orders New Specials

new In LIving ColorFOX has announced that they’re bringing back their sketch comedy series — In Living Color — for a pair of half-hour specials. Hosted and executive-produced by series creator Keenen Ivory Wayans, the specials will feature an all-new cast and will air sometime next spring. You can bet that, if the new installments perform well, more will be forthcoming.

Here’s the press release from FOX:

HOMEY DO PLAY THAT…
FOX TO AIR SPECIALS BASED ON GROUNDBREAKING SKETCH COMEDY SERIES “IN LIVING COLOR”

Two Half-Hour Specials to Air in Spring 2012

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.

What do you think? Would you like to see a new version of In Living Color? Will you be tuning in?

 

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Tha Critic November 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Shawn Wayans was the least funny. Jim Carrey ran circles around him.

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tvgeek67 November 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

Actually Jim Carrey was the least funny member of the cast and that tells you how good this show was in its day. I like the idea of periodic specials, if they are good. Twice a year, plus a holiday special. No new series.

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Kevin November 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Ok. why the hell are they put this crap back on ?? This is as stupid as bringing Dallas back to TV. They canceld great shows like Lie To Me and Human Target to putthis crap back on. In the 90′s it was funny cause it had Jim Carrey ..but now it’s not gonna have anyone that we know and care about. WHY don’t they bring back Human Target instead. ??

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Bethany November 1, 2011 at 2:01 am

So much talent has come from this show. IF and only IF they can ensure that the cast, crew, and writers (original if possible) can be just as groundbreaking and amazing then this show has a shot. I excited to see the specials, and can picture more of the Waynes family joining the cast. (I am horrible with names) Isn’t one of the next generation Waynes kids starring in Happy Endings? That show is wonderful, and you can totally see that he has the family gift. But if the show is just going to be a bunch of people who are trying to be the cast of yesteryear, there is no hope for it to survive. And if they can’t find a new twist so they are not just SNL with a bit more color, the show should not even bother to waste anyone’s time. The thing that made this show so wonderful was that it was so fresh and tackled the topics that others dared not to tread on. And it didn’t hurt that they had such talents as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Allen Grier, and of course so many Waynes family members (the brothers, but I do believe their sisters were there too.) to name a few.

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Tha Critic October 31, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Just stop right there. Now listen, I like this show and I own the 1st season but when the Wayans left the show, it was ruined. And Fox cancelled it. They’d just do it again. Don’t bring it back with a lame cast and get mixed in with today’s culture and have jokes about Twitter and phone apps and Jersey Shore. Let it rest. Just buy the show on DVD. Do something different.

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