by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Black Like Moi – Syracuse University
Most of us loved “In Living Color” back in the day. The skits were original and creative and the cast was incredibly talented. The show produced household names like Jamie Foxx, Jim Carey, Damon Wayans, and quite a few others. Well, there’s good news for fans of the show. Fox says that they are going to bring the comedy back after nearly 20 years. Perhaps this might give us a reason to start watching television again.
Keenen Ivory Wayans is going to be the executive producer for the show. Fox has ordered two half-hour specials to be shown as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. There are options in the contract such that if the show is successful, it may come back on the air for good.
‘In Living Color” hit the scene in April of 1990. It was responsible for bringing hip hop dancing into the mainstream with the ever-so-famous “fly girls,” and also brought the kind of comedy that you didn’t see on TV back then or even now. The height of the show’s fame occurred when the cast pulled in 25 million viewers during halftime of the 1992 Super Bowl. Although some shows can get away with severe political incorrectness (Southpark, Family Guy), this liberty hasn’t always been true for black actors and directors, especially on issues of race. Eventually, Fox got rid of the show after the Wayans family irritated a few too many big shots. Read more of this post