Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr. Sitcom Received Pilot Order
CBS has ordered its first sitcom pilot for the 2023-2024 broadcast season, and it’s a new sitcom project that will star him. Damon Wayans and his son Damon Wayans Jr.grayling The Hollywood Reporter. The currently untitled show is a multi-camera sitcom project in which the real-life father-son duo will play a father-son duo in the television world as well.
Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr. Sitcom Pilot Ordered by CBS
As previously reported by The Blast, news of the project’s development surfaced months ago. The show just got a pilot order from CBS, so it’s headed to the cameras.
The upcoming project is co-written by former “Last Man Standing” showrunner Ken Hency, and Wayans Sr. is producing the project for CBS Studios. The film will revolve around a happily divorced talk radio host, “Poppa,” played by Wayans Sr., whose position at work is challenged when he is assigned a new female co-host. Meanwhile, at home, Poppa is still raising his grown son (Wayans Jr.), a brilliant dreamer trying to pursue his passions while also being a responsible father and husband.
Kameron Tarlow is overseeing the pilot for Two Shakes Entertainment, the production company he started with Wayans Jr. The company is located at CBS Studios and has a comprehensive deal.
The sitcom pilot order is the first half-hour comedy series ordered by CBS for the network’s next broadcast season under the network’s new regime, led by entertainment president Amy Reisenbach. Other shows that have already been picked up include the “Matlock” reboot starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates and “Elsbeth” starring Carrie Preston. Another popular drama is “The Never Game,” starring Justin Hartley of “Smallville” fame, which was previously developed last season.
Now seems to be the time for the multi-camera sitcom format. The “Night Court” revival is doing well at NBC, and the network renewed the show for a second season early in its run. Additionally, Netflix has already renewed “That ’90s Show,” a sequel to the popular sitcom “That ’70s Show,” for a second season.
The new sitcom pilot isn’t the first time the father and son duo have worked together, playing father and son in a sitcom television series. Wayans and Wayans Jr. previously played father and son on the short-lived CBS sitcom “Happy Together.” Wayans also played the son’s father on ABC’s “Happy Endings,” which ran for three seasons and 57 episodes.
The elder Wayans also created the previous sitcom “My Wife & Kids,” which ran for five seasons and 123 episodes on ABC. Wayans Jr. had a recurring role on the series in later seasons. The new sitcom project marks a big return for Wayans, who writes and produces sitcoms. He also created the animated series “Waynehead” that aired on Kids’ WB in the 1990s. The show was inspired by Wayans’ own life and upbringing in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York.
THR notes that additional pilot orders for comedies from CBS are expected in the coming weeks.