Keenan Ivory Wayans’ In Living Color is set to return this spring with two half-hour comedy specials. The series originally aired on FOX for five seasons, ending in 1994. FOX will air the specials as part of celebrating the network’s 25-year anniversary. If the show’s popularity returns as a result of these two airings, FOX has stated In Living Color will join the regular schedule of TV programs for next season.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Wayans has agreed to host and serve as executive producer of the rebooted show. Wayans was the creator, writer, host, and producer of the original In Living Color series. Along with siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn and Marlon, Keenan Ivory Wayans also starred in the hit series back in the 1990s. The show launched a number of actors to stardom including Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, and the entire Wayans family of cast members. Jenny from the Block, aka Jennifer Lopez, also made her television debut as one of the show’s “Fly Girls.”
Some of the best remembered sketch comedies from In Living Color included the iconic “Fire Marshall Bill,” played by Jim Carrey; “Men on Film,” with Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier; and “Homey D. Clown,” also played by Damon Wayans. Keenan’s production company, Ivory Way Productions, went on to produce a number of cult hit movies such as the Scary Movie franchise, White Chicks, and Little Man. The Wayans Brothers TV series was also a hit that older brother Keenan produced, and younger brothers Shawn and Marlon starred.
Air dates and cast members have yet to be announced for the In Living Color reboot. The network has stated it will be a group of fresh, young talent, who will have a modern take on classic sketch comedy, along with live musical performances by a variety of guests. The original series showcased a number of musical acts also such as Queen Latifah, Public Enemy and Heavy D and the Boyz.