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So we all know that All in the Family was a ridiculously racist show but it didn’t intend to be right? And we know that shows like In Living Color poked fun at the race card just to finally laugh at it all. But the reality is that in the history of TV, it’s really incredible how racist some shows actually were. But today we’re going to focus on shows that didn’t intend to be back in the 70s and 80s. Even into the 90s you see the race card being played out. Seinfeld is easily my favorite show of all time but I’m certainly one to argue that the show was very much racist. If you look at virtually every black character on that show, they’re portrayed as pretty ridiculous (by the way I can write a whole separate article this). In any event, »
- Nat Berman
Comedian Damon Wayans devoted a chunk of his Labor Day weekend to defending himself, after sparking outrage with his comments about the alleged rape victims of Bill Cosby. Former “In Living Color” star Wayans kicked off a storm of controversy during an interview with New York’s Power 105.1 on Friday, claiming that the sex scandal surrounding Cosby is a “money hustle” and deeming some of Cosby’s alleged victims as “un-rape-able.” Wayans also questioned the alleged victims’ decisions to come forward decades after the alleged assaults. Also Read: Bill Cosby Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend With a Legal Setback “How big is his penis. »
- Tim Kenneally
Speaking in an interview with Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club,” Wayans dismissed allegations, saying, “I just don’t believe it. I think it’s a money hustle.”
“If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink-wink, give her all my money, and then I would go do a deposition,” Wayans said, prompted by the question of what advice he would give to Cosby. “I would light one of them three-hour cigars. I’d have some wine and maybe a Quaalude, and I would just go off, because I don’t believe that he was raping.”
Wayans further called out the women for timing, adding, “How big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?”
After backlash started to come in as Wayans’ comments circulated, took »
- Alex Stedman
Damon Wayans defended Bill Cosby in a controversial interview on Friday, during which he called the over 40 rape allegations against Cosby “a money hustle.” Damon Wayans Defends Bill Cosby Wayans, of In Living Color and My Wife and Kids, stopped by Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” on Friday to promote his stand up shows, […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Apparently Damon Wayans is Team Bill Cosby. Wayans dropped in at Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club on Friday to offer his thoughts on a range of topics, including the sex scandal surrounding beseiged comedian Bill Cosby. “It’s a money hustle,” Wayans opined during the radio interview. Also Read: New Bill Cosby Accuser Claims 'He Made Me Kneel Down' During 'Horrifying' Ordeal The former “In Living Color” star gave Cosby two snaps up, saying that he should split up with his wife Camille and then give a deposition telling the real truth … as Wayans sees it, anyway. “If I was him, »
- Tim Kenneally
Tonight, Bryan Fuller and company gave us the end of "Hannibal" as we know it. Even if the money and logistics can ever be worked out for some kind of movie or miniseries featuring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and this creative team, the show's time as an ongoing TV series is done, and it ended in a way that functions as a conclusion to the story, even if it's one that may outrage some fans. (My finale review is here.) Earlier this week, I spoke with Fuller about that ending, potential ways he could continue the franchise, the challenges of finally doing a direct adaptation of "Red Dragon," and a lot more — including me having a very different interpretation of the post-credits scene than what Fuller intended — coming up just as soon as you take the key from around my neck... At what point in the season did you realize »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ali Wentworth, a Washington, D.C. blueblood, comedian and wife of ABC’s George Stephanopolous, was all about baring, if not her soul, at least her flesh on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. She pulled a Miley Cyrus on national television. Wentworth, 50, is best known for her roles on Fox’s “In Living Color,” and for her immortal guest appearance on the hit comedy show “Seinfeld.” ...Read More
David Alan Grier has the courage to explore live TV.
The comedian and three-time Tony Award nominee has joined NBC’s production of “The Wiz Live!.” He’ll play the Cowardly Lion, the famously timid friend of the lost Dorothy who accompanies her down the Yellow Brick Road in the hopes that their journey will lead him to find some courage.
Grier broke out via Fox’s 1990s sketch show “In Living Color.” His TV credits also include “Crank Yankers” and “Happy Endings.” His stage credits include a co-starring role in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” and his film credits include “A Soldier’s Story” with Howard E. Rollins and Denzel Washington and “Jumanji” with Robin Williams. He will soon appear on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which premieres Aug. 26.
- Whitney Friedlander
NBC has cast David Alan Grier to play the Cowardly Lion in its live production of “The Wiz,” the network announced Tuesday. Grier will play the fraidy cat who asks Dorothy if he can join her on her journey down the yellow brick road to Oz. The “In Living Color” comedian joins the previously announced Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Stephanie Mills, known for originating the role of Dorothy on Broadway’s “The Wiz.” Also Read: 23 Best & Worst Oscars Moments of 2015 (Photos) Latifah will star as the Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, »
- Linda Ge
At next week's Comic-Con, FX Networks will give fans the chance to immerse themselves in the intriguing (and often horrifying) worlds of The Strain and American Horror Story: Hotel at the FX Fearless Arena theme park.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, July 1, 2015 – FX Networks’ considerable presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will take on historic proportions with the first-ever, large-scale “FX Fearless Arena” fan experience consuming the Hilton Bayfront Park next to the Convention Center. Building on the popularity of last year’s The Simpsons-based “Homer Dome,” FX Networks will build a theme park featuring massive activations for The Strain, American Horror Story: Hotel, Fargo and The Bastard Executioner, as well as numerous other on-site features including contests, collectibles and more. The “FX Fearless Arena” will be ideally situated between the Convention Center and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the two leading locations for Sdcc panels and presentations.
- Derek Anderson
Crisply edited by Andrea B. Scott, shot by David Vollrath, who worked with Morgan Neville on the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, out-of-the-box Fresh Dressed delivers the goods. Mixed with clips of Will Smith in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and In Living Color's Fly Girls, where Jennifer Lopez got her fresh start, we learn the history of Carl Jones' Cross Colours label. Through interviews with Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Kanye West, Nas (Nasir Jones), André Leon Talley, Sean Combs, Ralph McDaniels, Marc Ecko, Karl Kani, Daymond John and others, discussing their fascinations that include Little Richard, Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, Louis Vuitton, an obsession with Polo by Ralph Lauren in the early Nineties, Gucci logos, Tommy Hilfiger give-aways, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Television is turning into a pretty sketchy neighborhood, much to the delight of producers who have been trying to stake out some real estate there for years.
Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”) tried for two decades to get someone interested in doing sketch comedy on television. Suddenly, he and other sketch artists find themselves in the middle of a renaissance.
He started his career in the late ’90s on “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” hoping to eventually get his own off the ground.
“Every time I tried to sell one I was told no one buys sketch shows,” Aukerman says. “I grew up with ‘SNL’ and ‘Monty Python’ and I couldn’t believe no one wanted to see sketch. Now, that’s all changed.”
For years NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was almost the only game in town when it came to sketch comedy. But in today’s multiplatform universe, »
- Susan Young
In addition to announcing further details on their previously revealed American Horror Story panel, FX Networks has announced The Strain Season 2 Hall H panel that will feature Guillermo del Toro, Corey Stoll, David Bradley, and more:
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers): "Los Angeles, June 11, 2015 – FX Networks is bringing fan favorites Archer, American Horror Story and The Strain to Comic-Con in San Diego this July along with Denis Leary’s new comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Each series will feature screenings, panel discussions, press rooms and autograph signings at Sdcc. As an added bonus, FX will present an exclusive sneak preview of Kurt Sutter’s new series The Bastard Executioner, which will debut on FX this fall.
FX Networks will present the following panel sessions and screenings (talent appearances subject to change):
Friday, July 10
Panel 5:00-6:00 Pm, Indigo Ballroom. Moderator: Tbd
Archer, the award-winning »
- Derek Anderson
TruTV’s first-ever sketch comedy series “Friends of the People” is getting a whole bushel of guest stars for the second half of its inaugural season, a list that TheWrap has learned exclusively. Upcoming guests include “In Living Color’s” David Alan Grier (pictured above), “Double Dare” host Marc Summers, the New York Giants’ Jay Bromley, pro wrestlers Mick Foley and X-Pac, “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey and comedian Jim Norton. Ellen Cleghorne (“SNL”), Rachel Dratch (“SNL”), Butterbean (boxer), Ed Lover (radio personality) and Doug E. Doug (rapper) will also make appearances. Also Read: 'Saved by the Bell' Spoof Follows »
- Tony Maglio
If you can't wait for the second season premiere of the FX series, The Strain, to air this summer, then you are in luck. FX, Instructure, and the University of California, Irvine teamed up to create an online course that is available and free to the public. Also in this round-up: a status update on The Walking Dead: Season 3 video game, a trailer from Distiller, and an interview with Ciara Hanna from Pernicious.
Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX's The Strain: Press Release -- "FX, Instructure and the University of California, Irvine today announced the joint production of a massive open online course (Mooc) exploring a broad range of scholarly topics through the lens of the biological parasite and cyber virus themes presented in the FX original series, "The Strain" from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. The course will be offered for free leading into »
- Tamika Jones
Like nearly everybody you see on "Jeopardy!", I'm obsessed. "Jeopardy!" is my oldest and strongest pop culture fixation, and at this point it stimulates a part of my brain that no Trivial Pursuit card -- even the ones from 1982 featuring obscure Kim Carnes factoids -- can reach. "Jeopardy!" is about speed, reflexes, trivia, and showing off. It is not civil. It is "Bad Girls Club" for nerds, and you better believe I wanted to bludgeon Ken Jennings with my knowledge of deserts and Best Pictures during his legendary win streak in 2004. So when I got the call to be a contestant on "Jeopardy!" in January of this year, I didn't panic. I snickered and purred like Cruella and awaited the bloodshed, and I didn't mind if the blood was my own. Part of being a true "Jeopardy!" fan is knowing that you can lose and lose hard. It's always incredibly »
- Louis Virtel
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As Kim Wayans says in our extended feature on the 25th anniversary of "In Living Color," her brother Keenen was always encouraging on-screen talent to draw on real-life circumstances and relationships to inject truth into their work. That was, as Damon Wayans explains, the big difference between "Saturday Night Live," a writer-driven show, and "In Living Color," a character-driven show where actors were eventually encouraged to pitch characters and concepts and work them out with the writers. It's no surprise, then, that some of these characters would have personal connections with the performers. As you can see in anecdotes from Kelly Coffield, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Kim Wayans, quite a few of them in fact came from other corners of their lives, be it someone they knew or something that would just organically spring to life in the day-to-day camaraderie of the show. Learn more about the inspirations behind classic characters like Benita Butrell, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Damon Wayans was the second major cast member from "In Living Color" to leave the show, after Kim Coles. He departed following the third season to pursue a big screen career, starring in films like "The Last Boy Scout," "Blankman" and "Major Payne." But during his time with the show, he left an unmistakable signature that can be felt across a number of colorful characters. Think of "In Living Color" and you're bound to have the image of an angry, put-upon clown flash through your head (Homey D. Clown), or perhaps a pair of flamboyant critics giving the weekend's latest release "two snaps up" ("Men On…"). These were some of Wayans' trademark sketches, coming at a time when, as he says in our extended feature on the series' 25th anniversary, he was eager for redemption after being fired from "Saturday Night Live." Here are the beginnings and inspirations for those sketches and more, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Raunchy comedies. Scary movies. Songs with explicit lyrics. Space, the final frontier. When we're kids, we're frequently banned from checking out films, TV, music or other entertainment before we're "ready." Whatever that means. At HitFix, we discovered there's a range of what was banned in our households when we were children. Some folks like lucky-duck Gregory Ellwood had no bans at all. Some bans didn't hold. Some bans were so intense, they blanketed all corners of media. Below are some of our staffers sounding off on what wasn't allowed in their household. Share with us in the comments what stuff you couldn't watch or hear. Chris Eggertsen - "Married...With Children" "Married...With Children" was like the Devil in our house, and here's the kicker: I'm almost positive my mother never watched it before banning it. It was enough that a random Christian woman living halfway across the country whom »
- Katie Hasty, HitFix Staff
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