SHORT CUTS: Damon Wayans Is "Never Better"

Published May 1, 2008

May 1, 2008 -- Damon Wayans returns to the ABC family in a comedy pilot,  "Never Better." Wayans will also executive produce the show that stars him as a recovering alcoholic who's determined to be a good husband and father despite his many missteps.

The project is based on a British property that recently made its debut on BBC2. Wayans was a fixture on ABC from 2001-20005 with his hit comedy "My Wife and Kids," also produced through ABC Studios.

"Cleveland" Spin-Off Is a Go

"Cleveland," a spinoff of the animated Fox series "Family Guy," is expected to get on the air with a 13-episode order, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Rich Appel and Mike Henry is currently hiring staff members, the trade reports. Writers are slated to begin work May 19, and the series' first table read is targeted for the first week of July.

Fox's first new animated offering in three years, "Cleveland" will follow the family life of Cleveland Brown, the most level-headed—and slow-talking—of Peter's friends on "The Family Guy."       

Cleveland is regularly played off African-American stereotypes. He was previously married to Loretta Brown, whom he divorced in season four after discovering she was having an affair with one of his friends, and has a hyperactive and ADD-afflicted son, Cleveland Jr.

Stars Line Up for "Pure Shooter"

Lynn Whitfield, Clifton Powell and former singer Christopher Williams co-star in the upcoming indie film "Pure Shooter" for World Film Magic & Sky 21 Productions, reports moviehole.net.

 The drama follows a young man with incredible basketball skills who barely survives segregation, racism and an abusive father. "Pure Shooter" begins filming next month in Durham, North Carolina.

Written by BET-Staff

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