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What do you get when you combine popular television shows “Entourage” and “How to Make It in America”? BET is hoping that the answer is “Second Generation Wayans,” a new show premiering on January 15 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST immediately following the premiere of “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” starring Kevin Hart.
“Second Generation Wayans” will follow the journey of Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans as they try to make a name for themselves in Hollywood apart from that of their famous family. Known for comedy, their family includes Keenan Ivory Wayans (“In Living Color,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “A Low Down Dirty Shame”), Damon Wayans (“Major Payne” and “My Wife & Kids”), Kim Wayans (“Juwanna Man” and “Pariah”) and Shawn & Marlon Wayans (“The Wayans Bros.,” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Scary Movie” and “White Chicks”).
Attempting to forge a career in the shadows of their uncles and aunt will not be easy; however, Craig and Damien are up for the challenge. Helping them along the way is their uncle Marlon Wayans who will executive produce their show.
“What’s dope is it’s a progression of what we did and yet a departure at the same time. It will always have that Wayans flavor, that seasoning,” Marlon told BET.com.
“We’ve done so much broad stuff, but this is a more grounded template. It’s gonna push as far as you can go, but this series has heart and it’s funny.”
Of the new scripted series Loretha Jones, BET’s President of Original Programming, said in an official press release that “the Wayans family name is synonymous with comedy and entertainment, and you’ll indulge in plenty of laughter and amusement in “Second Generation Wayans.” You’ll also witness firsthand that life as a Wayans and childhood star isn’t all fun and games in Hollywood. In a way, this series is a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to juggle the pressures of being famous while trying to create your own path.”
Marlon knows better than anyone how difficult it is to make a name for oneself in a well known family, so he was the perfect person to offer advice to his nephews.
“It’s a gift and a curse. You own it and you don’t fight it against it. You have to just be you. I never tried to be Keenan, I never tried to be Damon, I never tried to be Shawn. I can’t be Kim. I don’t have t—–s,” Marlon said.
“I just wanted to be Marlon and I tried to be the best Marlon I could be. Then I created my own shadow. It’s not a competition. One success is a success for us all. [You’ve got to] stand in your light.”
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