SHORT CUTS: Wayans Returns to ABC

Published October 17, 2007

Posted October 17, 2007 -- Damon Wayans, who starred alongside Tischa Campbell in the sitcom "My Wife & Kids," plans a return to ABC with a new family comedy.

Still untitled, the project, described as edgier than "Wife," will be written and executive produced by Wayans and Don Reo and produced by ABC Studios. This time, Wayans is a recent widower who has to take in the 19-year-old stepson he never knew."Wife," which starred Wayans as a father of three, bowed out in April 2005 after five seasons. Since then, Wayans and Reo had been looking to collaborate on a new series project and, after bouncing around different ideas, settled on the premise of a widower living with his stepson.

The Wayans/Reo project marks the second family comedy starring a Black comedian that ABC has in the works for next season. Cedric the Entertainer also as a sitcom, which starts production next week.

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Lopez Series Picked Up

Disney-ABC Intl. Television Latin America has picked up distribution rights to Jennifer Lopez's semi-autobiographical "Como Ama una Mujer" (How a Woman Loves), slated to debut on Univision in the fall.

The five part mini-series stars Chilean actress Leonor Varela as Lopez in the story of her journey to find her true soul-mate; but with her glamorous life and professional success come heartbreak and betrayals that threaten to break her spirit.  The project, filmed entirely in Mexico from Lopez's Nuyorican Prods, was inspired by the lyrics of her first Spanish-language album of the same name released earlier this year. At the end of each episode, the singer/actress will perform the song that inspired that episode.  

According to Variety, Disney-ABC Intl. Television will distribute the mini-series on all TV platforms in Latin America including VOD, PPV, basic cable and free to air.


 

Written by BET-Staff

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