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; First of three new entries on the startup Warner Bros. network sets up Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans (real-life brothers of Keenen Ivory and Damon) as stop-at-nothing go-getters who don’t get much. Driven mostly by energy, the sitcom demands as little as it offers.
The 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 is 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 humor, 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.