Damon Wayans Jr. Set to Make TV history – Color Brief February 7
Through his production company Two Shakes, actor Damon Wayans Jr. is set to make TV history. He’s currently developing Glamourous for The CW. The drama focuses on the life of a gender nonconforming high school grad and marks the first show in U.S. history with a gender nonconforming lead.
The lead character lands their dream job with a cosmetics company just after graduation. But – they blasted the company’s products in a YouTube video. Drama ensues as the lead character attempts to reconcile their digital history with their professional present.
Wayans’ company, Two Shakes, is focused on telling stories that don’t often make it to mainstream TV. It’s part of a greater push for diversity in the entertainment industry.
Wayans can currently be seen on the CBS series Happy Together.
In other news…
Michael B. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, has signed a first-look deal with Amazon. The deal honors Jordan’s commitment to inclusion riders, ensuring each of his new projects will offer opportunities for women and POC. Outlier Society recently snagged the rights to Marlon James’ latest fantasy novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf.
Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, has secured a second film deal. Her new novel On The Come Up will be adapted by Fox, with George Tillman Jr. slated to direct.
Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish has been renewed for a third season at Freefrom. The series follows Zoey, played by Yara Shahidi, as she navigates a series of unique college experiences.
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