Review: ‘The Wayans Bros. Goop Hair-It-Is’

Likable twosome play New Yorkers Shawn and Marlon Williams, sons of a diner owner (John Witherspoon), who are ready to cash ideas into bucks. Initial scheme involves an infomercial backed by Pop's $ 600 to hawk homemade Goop Hair-It-Is. They try ringing in Garrett Morris as their TV guest, but he's too quick; undaunted, they trot out Gary Coleman, but the writers hand him thin material.

Likable twosome play New Yorkers Shawn and Marlon Williams, sons of a diner owner (John Witherspoon), who are ready to cash ideas into bucks. Initial scheme involves an infomercial backed by Pop’s $ 600 to hawk homemade Goop Hair-It-Is. They try ringing in Garrett Morris as their TV guest, but he’s too quick; undaunted, they trot out Gary Coleman, but the writers hand him thin material.

Program penned by exec producers Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore depends for most of its humor on the brothers’ enthusiasm, since the situations ring few bells. Morris gets in some funny moments, but Coleman’s left high and dry except for a smoking toupee. Lela Rochon limns Shawn’s g.f. Lisa, but she’s strictly a straight woman. Comedian Witherspoon huffs and puffs as their dad, but to little comic effect.

Both brothers have zest, but director Shelley Jensen doesn’t dig out any real comedy timing. Sitcom presents no real comedy, only clowning, and few laughs. Next stanza may settle into a funnier mode, but so far, it’s stuck in the goop. WB hasn’t put its best foot forward — we hope.

The Wayans Bros. Goop Hair-It-Is

(Wed. (11), 8-8:30 p.m., KTLA)

Production

Taped at Warner Bros. Studio Facilities by Next to Last Prods., BabyWay Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. Exec producers-writers, Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore. Co-exec producer, Eric L. Gold. Producers, Adam Markowitz, Matt Ember, Mary Ellen Jones. Creators, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Leslie Ray, David Simon. Director, Shelley Jensen.

Crew

Camera, Jo Mayer; editor, Marc Lamphear; art director, Beala Neel; costume designer, Valari Adams; audio mixer, Evan Adelman; video, Jean Mason; tech director, Dick Woodka; music, Tom Rizzo; main title theme, Tribe Called Quest, Alan Cohn.

Cast

Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Lela Rochon, Gary Coleman, Michael G. Hagerty, Garrett Morris. First entry of three on new Warner Bros. network sets up Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans (real-life brothers of Keenan Ivory and Damon) as stop-at-nothing go-getters who don't get much. Driven mostly by energy, new sitcom demands as little as it offers.
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