News Briefs: Fox is Reviving In Living Color

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... 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]


... 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]


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

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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