If the specials in spring 2012 do well, the series could make a full-time comeback
In Living Color, Keenen Ivory Wayans’ answer to Saturday Night Live, is getting the reboot treatment from FOX. The network intends to re-launch the series, should the two planned half-hour specials prove to be a success.
The series - which made household name out of several comedians like Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier and Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx - also launched the careers of Wayans’ siblings: Damon, Shawn, Kim and eventual G.I. Joe star, Marlon.
In the time it was on, In Living Color left an indelible mark on mainstream pop culture with its unrepentant brand of stereotype-skewering humor, which frequently found the show testing the limits of mid-1990s television censors. In addition to a multitude of one-off skits, the program also produced a number of classic recurring characters and skits, such as Damon Wayans’ Homey D. Clown, Handi Man and Head Detective; Jim Carrey’s Fire Marshall Bill; and, of course, flamboyant critics Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather (Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier, respectively). Those latter skits - Men on Film, Men on Books, Men on Football, etc. – also popularized the catch phrase “Hated it!” (typically reserved for anything too focused on females).