After months of complete silence on the In Living Color special Fox ordered more than a year ago, the writing was on the wall, and today Fox chairman Kevin Reilly made the decision official. “It’s not gonna happen,” he said during the network’s executive session at TCA. “(The original) was a seminal show for Fox, and the bar was set at that level.” Reilly left the door open to potentially doing an In Living Color reboot “but not the one we shot.”
Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama from That ’70s Show have joined the lineup of talent for the Fox network’s 25th Anniversary Special. Also joining the show are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans from In Living Color. Memorable clips will accompany stars talking about their experiences. Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler will chime in for American Idol, and Fox dramatic veteran Kiefer Sutherland will represent 24 and Touch. Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad will also spice up the festivities. Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, which will air 8PM-10PM (ET/PT) Sunday April 22, is exec produced by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel. Juliane Hare serves as producer and Louis J. Horvitz is directing. Hosts have yet to be announced, and more talent yet to come.
EXCLUSIVE: Kali Hawk, who recurs on Fox’s freshman comedy New Girl, has been tapped as a performer on the network’s In Living Color reboot, executive produced by Keenan Ivory Wayans, creator and star of the groundbreaking 1990s original. Also cast in the remake is Jennifer Bartels. They join recently cast Jermaine Fowler and Lilrel Howery. The new In Living Color will debut as two half-hour specials. They were originally eyed to air in conjunction with Fox’s 25th anniversary celebration, which will be marked with a special on April 22. The In Living Color specials, which will film in April, will now air at a later day, with a May berth a possibility. Fox21 is producing. Hawk’s feature credits includes Couples Retreat, Get Him To The Greek and last summer’s smash Bridesmaids. She is with Paradigm. Bartels is with Stewart Talent and 3 Arts.