Over 20 years ago, "In Living Color" redefined sketch comedy on TV and launched several performers into superstardom, including Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier and even Jennifer Lopez. And starting next spring, it may happen all over again.
Deadline is reporting that Keenen Ivory Wayans has signed a deal with Fox to host and executive produce two new "In Living Color" comedy specials in Spring 2012 with an option for a weekly series to follow in the fall if the specials are successful. Although the series' original cast are still strongly identified with the show, the "In Living Color" specials will have an all new cast.
Wayans co-created "In Living Color" in 1990 with his brother, Damon Wayans. The show launched in midseason and it immediately struck a chord with audiences thanks to its raw comedy and frequently hilarious improvised dialogue. During a special Super Bowl halftime edition of "In Living Color," Fox managed to siphon away 25 million viewers from CBS' telecast at the height of the show's popularity.
However, Wayans eventually fell out with Fox over increasing censorship by the network and over studio decisions which he felt were harming the chances for "In Living Color" to successfully enter syndication. Wayans left the series as a performer at the beginning of the fourth season, but he remained as an executive producer. Several of Wayans' siblings were also cast members on the show; including Damon Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Kim Wayans; all of whom had left the series before the fifth and final season.
Wayans' return to Fox effectively buries the hatchet between them and gives the network a historically successful brand to launch a new comedy sketch show. Ever since the cancelation of "Mad TV," Fox has been searching for a new sketch series, with the most recent attempt ("In The Flow With Affion Crockett") airing last summer to disappointing ratings before quickly being canceled.
What do you think about the return of "In Living Color"? And which original cast members and characters would you like to see make a comeback? Let us know in the comment section below!