"The bar for In Living Color is so high that, if I didn't feel like we could sustain that, then I did not want to move forward," said Keenan Ivory Wayans.
In the fall of 2011 news broke that In Living Color would be returning to Fox featuring a new cast. Time went on without a single hint at a possible air date or promotion. The show’s original creator, Keenan Ivory Wayans, confirmed to the New York Post that the reboot is officially dead.
“The bar for In Living Color is so high that, if I didn’t feel like we could sustain that, then I did not want to move forward,” said Keenan Ivory Wayans. “I just feel like we’re in a different time. The talent pool is different, and I don’t think that type of show works nowadays. The level of talent doesn’t exist.” But Wayans admits today’s generation of fresh faces are talented but in a “different way.”
Fox’s president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly, agreed. “The stars just didn’t align,” he said. “I think the pilot was pretty funny, but it just didn’t feel like we had the players. Also, it didn’t feel like a series prospect, and I didn’t want to just do a one-off special. It was a lot of things.”
The Post reports that the network wanted a new cast for the show while In Living Color‘s original stars were all ready to participate. “They were all aboard if I wanted them to do something on the show,” said Wayans. “And the [new] cast was really good. They were young and hungry… but the decision not to move forward was really about me saying, ‘Okay, but can we sustain?’ I didn’t want one season and then realize I might have to start over again.”
What are you thoughts on In Living Color canceling its plans to reboot and introduce a new generation of TV-watchers to some of the ’90s most known characters from Jamie Foxx’s Wanda to Damon Wayans and David Allen Grier’s hilarious Men on Film skits.
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