At least that’s what NY Mag’s Vulture says they’ve learned this evening, with their sources telling them that the reboot “will never see the light of day – at least on Fox.” So does that mean another network might pick it up? Who knows! Although, quite frankly, I don’t really give a damn at this point.
Here’s how we got here… a little history.
Those of you who weren’t too keen on a reboot of In Living Color with an all-new cast of players (although still shepherded by Keenen Ivory Wayans), were thrilled when it was announced that the reboot had been put on hold, temporarily; specifically, Kevin Reilly, Entertainment President of the Fox Broadcasting Company, indicated in an August interview, that the planned In Living Color specials, reviving the sketch-comedy series, wouldn’t air anytime soon. Though several had been shot, he said a “high bar” had been set, which essentially wasn’t met in terms of writing and other contributing factors. What I interpreted from that, is that expectations were high (given the success of the original In Living Color), and, although they’d shot a few episodes already, they apparently weren’t meeting those high expectations; and so maybe it was back to the drawing board. In an interview that followed soon after Reilly’s statement over the summer, Milton “Lil’ Rel“ Howery, who was one of the planned series reboot’s new cast members, recounted the day he learned that the reboot had stalled; stating, in short, that he arrived on set, noticed a tension in the air amongst all those who were present, inquired about what was at the root of that tension, and was told that Damon Wayans didn’t want to do the show anymore (no reasons given), and that he approached David Alan Grier, asking him what was up with Damon, and Grier simply just shrugged and walked away. And so because Damon didn’t want to do the show anymore, everyone else (includingJim Carrey, whom he says was supposed to return as well), decided not to do the show either. Howery didn’t go into details explaining why Damon suddenly walked away from it. Obviously, something went down, but, in all the interviews I’ve seen Keenen Ivory Wayans give in the last several months, he never really talks in-depth about why the show was shelved. Understandably I suppose, especially if Damon was somehow at the root of it.
Unless Lil Rel wasn’t telling the whole truth.
But we were left to assume that there was likely a lot more to this than we know, and maybe it’ll all come out eventually… or maybe it won’t. One thing that I was most surprised by was Rel’s claim that just about everyone from the original series was going to return to the reboot. Unless they were returning for specials only, and not as part of the regular series cast, I’m not sure I quite understand why they would. But Howery felt like they had something worth airing, based on what was shot last year, but something obviously happened that we aren’t getting the full story on. No matter, it looks like it’s dead and buried for good, so no more speculation as to whether it’s just in limbo, or has been put to rest permanently. However, as I noted, maybe some other network will see something of value in it and pick it up; but I doubt it, and I actually hope not. Just leave it alone, move on, and create something entirely new.
I do hope that, at least, the hour’s worth of footage that was shot early last year, will be released – maybe online – so we can all see what exactly this new incarnation would’ve looked like. Or maybe a year from now, we’ll all be asking what happened to that In Living Color reboot, and Keenen will talk openly about what transpired behind closed doors, and the whole truth will be known… or not. The reboot was supposed to feature an all new cast (at least that’s what was announced publicly) including Kali Hawk, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Ayana Hampton, Cyrah Hawkins and of course Rel.
There was also going to be a new set of Fly Girls: Whitney Wiley, Tera Perez, Christina Chandler, Katee Shean, and Lisa Rosenthal.
Comedian Bill Bellamy has capitalized off time spent in this industry by knowing how to make power moves. In the past, he’s performed on Def Comedy Jam, was the voice of Nickelodeon’s “Cousin Skeeter”, has been a host on MTV and starred in films such as Love Jones, How To Be a Player and The Brothers. After 20-plus years in the game, he still has a stash of tricks up his sleeve. Lately, he’s produced material to cater to all audiences, so there’s plenty of him to go around. Sitcom junkies can tune into his new syndicated TV show “Mr. Box Office,” which hit small screens in September. Bellamy plays Marcus Jackson, a member of Hollywood’s elite who slipped up and is condemned to do community service teaching at a rough high school. Over time, Marcus learns to look beyond his bubble of fame to discover how real people deal with tough situations, becoming a better him in the process. Bellamy drew from his own experiences to further connect with the character.
“He never really had to do anything that had any substance. Before I had kids, I didn’t have any real, down to earth ground-age,” he says while reminiscing on carefree days spent in the company of Janet and Jackson, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac. “Now in my real life, I have a family and I have more purpose. I utilize that in the show. [It’s] cool to be making the money and to have all the stuff that we can dream of, but it’s also good to be a good person and be about something, too.” READ MORE
“COMEDIC HEAVYWEIGHTS LIKE CHRIS ROCK, KEENAN IVORY WAYANS, AND MARTIN LAWRENCE, WILL GATHER TO PAY HOMAGE DURING MURPHY’S FIRST-EVER TELEVISED TRIBUTE” Comedic veteran Eddie Murphy will be receiving his many dues in the Spike TV special “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only.” Some of the biggest comedic names in Hollywood, including Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Arsenio Hall, and Tracy Morgan are scheduled to appear and perform at the never-before televised tribute to Murphy. Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Keenen Ivory Wayans were also recently confirmed as guests. “Thirty years ago, Eddie Murphy came on to the comedy scene and changed the game forever,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent Development & Studio Relations at Viacom Entertainment Group. “We’re thrilled to be honoring him for the very first time, ‘One Night Only’.” Marking 30 years since the release of his groundbreaking films “Delirious” and “48 Hrs.,” the tribute will honor Murphy’s extensive career, paying homage to his record-breaking stand-up film “Raw,” as well as his memorable “Saturday Night Live” characters. “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” is set to tape on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Los Angeles, and air on Wednesday, Nov. 14
Act like a lady…but think like a man. That’s the advice Steve Harvey gave the world when he released his 2009 book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. And millions of women all over the country dove headfirst into the book to get a better idea of the way that guys think. But, what happened to all of those women? Did it really help them figure out the opposite sex? Well, we’re about to find out. On April 20, Harvey’s book will come to life when Think Like a Man, a Tim Story-directed movie, hits theaters. It follows the lives of four women in relationships who have read Harvey’s book and shows what happens when women try to “think like a man.” And we’re excited to see it when it comes out. So excited, in fact, that we decided to throw together a list of the 5 reasons we can’t wait to see Think Like a Man.