News Briefs: Fox is Reviving In Living Color

THE BIGGEST NEWS

... Remember when "Homie don't play that!" was the catchphrase to end all catchphrases? It was Damon Wayans as a grumpy clown, and the show was In Living Color, a sketch comedy series featuring a largely African-American and Wayans cast, Jim Carrey as a token white guy, and a barely annoying Jennifer Lopez as a booty shakin' a Fly Girl. Those were the days! Now the Wayanses are grandfathers, Damon Wayans Jr. is a TV star, Jim Carrey has misplaced his career, and Jennifer Lopez is single-handedly destroying mankind. In other words, it's the perfect time to revive In Living Color! Fox will defrost original creator Keenan Ivory Wayans to play host and executive producer for two half-hour specials, and if it works, the network will bring the show back as a full-blown series. I know I just teased the show, but it was a pretty important comedy as it brought a lot of awareness to the mainstream and launched the careers of several talented people. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adam Levine is... not my favorite musician, let's say. I don't even want him to make music, let alone television. But The Voice judge and Maroon 5 frontman has sold a script to NBC, because that network is apparently buying anything someone scribbles on a cocktail napkin. The new show is called Awesome Splendor, and it's a drama set in the world of rock n' roll. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Beavis and Butt-head returned to television last night and drew 3.3 million viewers for MTV. That's a good haul for the network. [USA Today]

... Who has World Series fever!? Lots of you: 21 million people tuned into the thrilling Game 6 last night, notching a 6.5 rating in the adult demo for Fox. Call me sentimental, but I love hearing positive things about baseball ratings. Go baseball team! [TV By the Numbers]

... HBO has bought a drama from boxing sportscaster Jim Lampley. I don't know why, but it has. The drama is about a family who's dealing with co-dependence and addiction, and not about two gigantic dudes punching each other. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has purchased a project from Lisa Ling about a Chinese family and an Irish/Italian family who must bond after the eldest children marry. As a child of mixed-race, I can tell you that our families are actually just as boring as your purebred ones, but I'm sure this show will get a ton of mileage out of making Uncle Vinny use chopsticks. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE CASTING NEWS

... Fairly Legal has signed Australian actor Ryan Johnson to play an up-and-coming lawyer. [TV Guide]

... Nikita is adding Sarah Clarke (24) as... it's a secret! Look for her in the second half of this season. [TV Line]

... Arch_Angel88's favorite person, Justin Bieber, will appear on ArjunaJenning's favorite show, Dancing With the Stars, next week to sing a new song by Boyz II Men, my favorite group ever. So where should we watch, guys? My place? I'll get some Tim Horton's; AA, you bring the poutine; and AJ you bring the Labatt's. Let's make this a Canadian blowout! [TooFab]


THE MATTHEW PERRY NEWS

... Holy crap, what happened to Matthew Perry? [Daily Mail UK]


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I'm so excited!!
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In the ridiculously PC world we're now living in, there's no way FOX can bring back "In Living Color" the way it was back in the day. Seriously, 2/3 of the characters and jokes they made back then would completely freaked out gays, religions groups, minority groups. conservatives, liberals, black, whites, latinos, everything in between, etc.People are so goddamn susceptible nowadays.... So really doubt they can bring the magic back.
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I have a feeling it's not going to be as funny as it was before...
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In Living Color>SNL

I can't stand SNL.
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YAY! In Living Color was one of my fav shows when I was growing up... Very excited!
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Looking forward to what they do with In Living Color!
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FOX is bringing back In Living Color!? Sweet! I wonder if Kenon Ivory Wayans will use comedic actors we already know or some newbies.
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i love the Wayans' brothers. i'd watch.
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The article about Perry and Friend is stupid. But on the other hand... If someone needs to cast a younger version of John Goodman, Perry could be your man.
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Please don't fuck this up Fox. You've burned me too many times now!
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I'm happy about In Living Color. I grew up watching the original. I hope the new one succeeds. I still watch reruns when I can :-)
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The article about Matthew Perry is stupid. It's called aging, it's coming for you. Also, why not focus at the cause he's there supporting.
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Ok, America you can keep Justin Bieber. We don't want him.
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:-( We'll trade you the Kardashians
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Hmm... Tough call. But, I'd make that trade. Anything for you guys to keep him over there.
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Awesome, the new Beavis & Butthead was freakin hilarious.
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I'm surprised you didn't think Sarah Clarke's relationship to Xavier Berkeley was worth mentioning, and didn't Fox kick Keenan Ivory Wayans off In Living Color toward the end of its original run?
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Fire Marshall Bill and "two snaps in Z formation!" changed my idea of what comedy could be. I also know that their being black was a huge part of that. Non-political black comedy was so rare then and regardless they were SO funny! Oh, and Jim Carrey's impressions were always incredible (especially Clint Eastwood). awesome stuff.. I will definitely tune it.
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If In Living Color resumes back to broadcast? Jim Carrey will not miss it in the world. He will most definitely be involved part time or so. Well, i say people don't know Jim Carrey while enough think they do. When Jim Carrey hosted Saturday Night Live early this year. It was memeries blast of the past. How he was on In Living Color, with funny characters similar to his acts characters on In Living Color. No, Jim Carrey hasn't misplaced his career. That is because In Living Color really doesn't count matter of fact for one. He's population started with his first 3 films, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber after In Living Color has ended.
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I assume English isn't your first language, but I caught the gist of your post. Anyway, Jim Carey 'misplacing his career' has nothing to do with In Living Color. Tim was referencing the fact that 5 of his last 7 or so movies were awful. Also, despite his downward spiral since Truman Show, he still commands close to $20 million per movie. I seriously doubt he's going to be involved in trifling TV like this. And other people here are talking like In Living Color is going to have the same cast somehow. It's going to be a bunch of no-name comedians other than a washed up host. Good luck with that.
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I was excited to watch the new episode of Beavis and Butt-head. They're still hilarious. It was annoying when they watched Jersey Shore (that show and it's cast annoy me) but I liked the episode a lot. Beavis and Butt-head are as stupid and funny as ever.
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The Biebs really is a national treasure (your welcome world). He's actually become a part of our citizenship test for new immigrants. If you can't sing the chorus of his mega-hit, Baby, no Canadian citizenship for you (and the wondrous free health care that comes with it). In response to your gracious invite: How could I possibly pass up Timmies (Double-Double and a 20 pack of timbits for me), and some cold Labatts Blue. Quick question: Do you guys want poutines from Harvey's or KFC? (There is a difference.)
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Sure but my stomach will hate me later. I will be using your bathroom too.
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i don't know why, but my personal favorite poutines are Burger King's... go figure...
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Mine too.
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i think that Sarah Clarke will play alex's mother , i dont remember seeing alex's mother dead in the story line
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There was an episode towards the end of season one where Percy played the audio recording of the mission for Alex (she was held captive). It was revealed that both of her parents were killed and that Nikita was the assassin.
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