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Keenen Ivory Wayans Joins Shonda Rhimes, Kevin Hart & Kenya Barris At ABC

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 24, 2013 10:52 AM
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With his In Living Color reboot shelved for good it appears, Keenen Ivory Wayans is making another attempt to return to TV comedy, selling a pitch to ABC.

The network is said to have, at least, ordered a pilot script for the project, which, as THR says, will follow the ups and downs of when "the whitest guy in America" marries into "a sprawling, multi-generational, close-knit" black family.

Apparently, bidding among networks on the project was competitive, with ABC ending up with it.

Keenen will write and exec produce, although with no plans to star in it.

20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment will produce.

With today's news, ABC is starting to look *blacker* than ever!

Shonda Rhimes is already an established brand at ABC (2 successful shows on the air, and at least 3 more ordered); Kevin Hart very recently sold an untitled divorce comedy based on his stand-up routine to ABC as well; There's also Black-ish (a recent script commitment by ABC) starring Anthony Anderson, written by Kenya Barris (The Game), and produced by Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy production company; and maybe I should throw in the recently greenlit A Slave In The White House series with LUV director Sheldon Candis adapting.

Is ABC becoming friendlier to so-called 'black-themed' content from black content creators?

Might this be due, in part, to the success of Scandal, and awareness of a woefully under-served audience?

Maybe not since the early to mid-1990s, when Hanging With Mr CooperSister, Sister, and Family Matters were all on air on ABC, have we seen this many shows centered around the lives of black characters on the network, at the same time (or coming soon).

Of course, they all still have to be ordered to series...

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10 Comments

  • beemooree | October 25, 2013 12:19 AMReply

    Shonda still caters to white people. Sure she created scandal and rebirthed the black female lead on network tv but man its still so many white ppl on greys. Scandal at leaat is balanced

  • Carl | October 25, 2013 2:04 AM

    You are an idiot. She won't have an all black cast moron. The white people she caters to run the damn station. Is she supposed to storm in the VP's office and say "Hey all black or nothing?!" Get your head out the sky please. Easy for you to say since you don't have a career or anything to lose.

  • zakkmu | October 24, 2013 11:56 PMReply

    I am fed up with the Black/White dyconomy. Goodness gracious we live, work & love in a muti-ethnic culture. Why not write a show that reflec this experience.

  • Troy | October 24, 2013 6:37 PMReply

    How about the whitest black woman alive marrying into a sprawling, very affectionate, multi-ethnic, multi-generational white. One of which many of the in-laws are of different races deep into cultural heritage. The black woman maintains her own cultural significance and independence making her similar to her white family in a sense. However she is unlike any of the other in-laws as she hasn't taken over her husband's life with her culture. So everybody constantly mocks their modern post-racial relationship. Family breakdown. The White Family(white Hippie Matriarch- common law husband black father figure to her kids, white son#3 - programmer only dates Asian women, white daughter - married to her black college athlete, white son#2 - divorced with three Hispanic children, white son#1 - married to what everyone hoped would be the pride of the family, a strong black woman. They were looking for Madea and got Alicia Tyler.

  • Pace | October 24, 2013 6:40 PM

    I'm sure my sister would watch this. Everybody leaning on her for straight talk, home remedies, with a cynical, sadistic streak hoping to end this love fest so her and her husband could get on with their lives and she might end up whipping them into shape by accident.

  • Troy | October 24, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    Only something that will appeal to black women should be attempted. A black women dating a white man is the basis. However her black family will probably not appeal to black women. It could be technically executed very well however the sub-plots have to be clear interest to women not men. This story will have to focus on the white guy seperately from his wife and in those moments will lose the target audience. White women don't find singular white male story arcs that compelling either. This show will never see the light of day. How about the whitest black woman alive marrying into a sprawling, very affectionate, multi-ethnic, multi-generational white. One of which many of the in-laws are of different races deep into cultural heritage. The black woman maintains her own cultural significance and independence making her similar to her white family in a sense. However she is unlike any of the other in-laws as she hasn't taken over her husband's life with her culture. So everybody constantly mocks their modern post-racial relationship. Family breakdown. The White Family(white Hippie Matriarch- common law husband black father figure to her kids, white son#3 - programmer only dates Asian women, white daughter - married to her black college athlete, white son#2 - divorced with three Hispanic children, white son#1 - married to what everyone hoped would be the pride of the family, a strong black woman. They were looking for Madea and got Alicia Tyler.

  • The Pompatus of Cinema | October 24, 2013 11:40 AMReply

    Looks like some people love to keep things very Black & White

  • Amari | October 24, 2013 6:17 PM

    But the thing is, when so many shows basically have it where anyone who is Black is simply a supporting role, if not a token then what you expect? Also, at least with these potential shows Black characters will have culture. It seems a lot of Black characters on TV usually could be swapped out for a White character with no real difference, and I'm not saying there is a need for them to be stereotypical and speak with a urban vernacular, but it would at least be nice if they were on a Cosby show level where they may not be in your face, but there are moments when you feel you can identify with them more than because similar skin tone.

  • mike | October 24, 2013 4:16 PM

    I agree, Pompatus. If Shonda Rhimes current slate of shows are the standard. I certainly will not watch ABC's new crop of shows; and it is absolutley not my lost! The Wayans are bunch of Buffoons!

  • Mia | October 24, 2013 12:57 PM

    you have a problem with that.. then don't watch.... or anything black/white..... its your loss

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