There has been talk of Fox rebooting their seminal early-'90s sketch show In Living Color for over a year now, with a series of primetime specials rumored to be in the works that would lead to a relaunch of the series.
Well, after 14+ months of failing to get it together, the plug on a reboot has officially been pulled. Fox chairman Kevin Reilly made a statement at the TCA Winter Press Tour that the show, which was originally slated to air in Spring 2012, is no longer going to happen, but failed to get into specifics as to why. He left the door open for a possible reboot at some point in the future, but that doesn't mean a whole lot. Studio execs don't want to commit to anything concrete, lest it come back to bite them somewhere down the road.
What do you guys think? Are you disappointed? I have to say I'm not. I liked In Living Color, but it was a show that was very, very specific to its time. Relaunching it would be like trying to relaunch Laugh-In -- you just can't do it. More than just the humor or the topical references, the sketch comedy (one of the best of the 1990s) came along at a time when America wanted an alternative to Saturday Night Live and when something hipper, edgier and more "urban" (for lack of a better word; what I mean to say is that it better reflected the black culture that was exploding in the early '90s) could have a new comic voice. These days, the proliferation of sketch comedy -- most of it online -- makes the need for the reinvention of something old lessen. What would interest me is if creator/producer Keenan Ivory Wayans could convince the many comics who became stars off the show -- including Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier and Damon Wayans -- to come back and reprise some of their characters. That would at least have novelty appeal. Otherwise, In Living Color is better left where it is.
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