The Wayans clan is continuing its push to become television’s version of the Jackson family as the two youngest members, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, will star in an NBC sitcom pilot that would fulfill a series commitment from the network.
The project — confirmed by the duo’s manager, Eric L. Gold, who will serve as co-exec producer — will be produced through Warner Bros.
TV and feature the siblings and former “In Living Color” cast members as brothers who move out together on their own. John Witherspoon, featured in the movie “Boomerang,” will co-star as their father.
NBC and WB TV reportedly were aggressive in pursuing the deal in the face of considerable interest from other networks and studios. Not on the Wayans’ shopping list, however, was either Fox Broadcasting Co. or Twentieth TV, bypassed because of the feud between the weblet and “In Living Color” creator Keenen Ivory Wayans, ultimately resulting in his departure and that of siblings Damon and Kim.
Shawn Wayans was on “Living Color” as deejay SW-1 when the show premiered and subsequently became a cast member on the sketch series. He also appeared on “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” and “MacGyver.”
Marlon Wayans spent a year on “Living Color” and co-starred with Damon Wayans in the Columbia release “Mo’ Money” (which Gold exec produced). He’ll also be seen in the upcoming feature “Above the Rim.”
Both in their early 20s, Marlon and Shawn are the youngest of the 10 Wayans siblings and will serve as consultants on the untitled series, with a writer/exec producer yet to be designated.