Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Marlon Wayans premieres his show Marlon with actress Essence Atkins.

NBC's Wednesday nights this summer got a little bit funnier. Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins star in the sitcom Marlon and it's a summer premiere for the network.

Marlon comes from a talented family. He is the brother of Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Elvira Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Diedre Wayans, and Dwayne Wayans. He is the uncle of Damon Wayans, Jr.

The show premiere is getting strong fanfare.

It stars Marlon as Marlon Wayne, a divorcee who is trying to stay available to his children. Atkins plays Ashley, his ex-wife who is frequently annoyed by Marlon's antics. The cast includes Notlim Taylor, Amir O'Neil, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle.

The show is semi-biographical and deals with Marlon's life as a father, entertainer and trendsetter.

"I wanted to be a show where I could be me," he said. "I think it's a different kind of TV dad, and it's a different kind of TV family and Marlon has kind of different approach to things."

Essence Atkins is familiar to television. She starred in the ABC/WB series Smart Guy, UPN's Half & Half and TBS's Are We There Yet?

Marlon is best known for his roles on In Living Color, Mo' Money, White Chicks, Little Man, The Wayans Bros., Scary Movie, and 50 Shades of Black, and the cult comedy Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.

The Wayans are a family that is devoted to comedy, drama and animation.

Damon and son Damon, Jr. are on Fox. Damon, Sr. is on Lethal Weapon. Damon, Jr. is on New Girl for the last season.

Marlon is going to fill the void after NBC's controversial move to cancel The Carmichael Show.

Jerrod Carmichael was angered by NBC's decision to censor two episodes that dealt with current events. He said that he won't let his creative freedom go down to corporate executives who want to sanitize Black reality.

The show was critically acclaimed and it featured David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery.

Black sitcoms are hard to find on the major five networks. With the cancellation of The Carmichael Show, the only show that's left with a majority Black cast is Black-ish.

The Emmy award winning comedy moves to Tuesdays on ABC.

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