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Wayans is a popular last name in Hollywood because Keenan, Damon, Kim, Marlon and Shawn Wayans starred in movies and television shows that changed comedy forever. The show In Living Color was a huge hit in the 1990s because it was unique, dynamic, fresh and because the Wayans' family presented original material to everyone at home. For the past two decades, the family collaborated with each other on various projects, The Wayans Bros, Scary Movie 1 & 2, My Wife and Kids, White Chicks, Little Man and Don't be a Menace to South Central while Drinking Juice in Your Hood.
But viewers are wondering if the second generation of Wayans - Damien and Craig - will keep the Wayans legacy alive since they're starring in a new comedy on BET, Second Generation Wayans. The show premiered Tuesday night on BET at 10:30 p.m.
The shows stars Damien Dante Wayans, Craig Wayans, Tatyana Ali and George O. Gore from My Wife and Kids. On the show, the cast has different job titles: Damien (actor and director), Craig (writer), Maya (assistant) and George as the 'Honorable Wayans' producer. George's character is more reserved and relaxed because he is supposed to be suave in business on the show. Also, Damien and Craig's uncle Marlon, along with LeToya Luckett, are in the first episode. Luckett plays Craig's ex-girlfriend and crazy baby momma on the show. The shows also includes Damien's on-and-off again girlfriend, Regina Hall.
The first episode of the show was Damien and Craig finding their way in Hollywood after the movie, "Dance Flick." Damien and Craig are quite aware of their family successful endeavors in Hollywood but they want to take a chance on stardom themselves. And they don't want their last name as pawn to be successful in Hollywood. On the show, Marlon shows the young men tough love when Damien says, "There’s a lot of pressure being a Wayans. I feel like Khloe Kardashian of the family," because earning stardom in Hollywood is never easy. Marlon told them about his road to success with Shawn after In Living Color ended. They had to write their own scripts in order to be accepted in Hollywood and, like he said, "They're considered to be negroes in Paris." So, his life-long lesson to them is 'patience and presentation is the key.'
The end result of Second Generation Wayans is two nephews in Hollywood striving to prove themselves so they can receive credibility as writers, producers and directors. Damien and Craig are informing viewers that being a Wayans is a blessing but it has its downfalls as well. Just because Damien and Craig are Wayans, it doesn't mean they will receive positive feedback in the entertainment industry. But they are willing to take that risk by delivering their talents and capabilities to the world.