‘In Living Color’ Returning Next Year

‘In Living Color’ Returning Next Year – Groundbreaking comedy sketch show “In Living Color” is returning to Fox, the network said Friday.

The series, which ran from 1990 to 1994, is being reprised in the form of two half-hour specials, to air in spring 2012. Keenen Ivory Wayans, who co-created and produced the original series, has signed on to host and executive-produce.

The network said that the specials will bring “a modern-day take on the hit sketch comedy show that will feature a new cast of fresh, young talent, as well as musical performances by special guests.”

The original series aired on Fox from 1990-94 and launched careers of many top performers, including Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Rosie Perez, and Jennifer Lopez.

Among the show’s most popular sketches was the recurring “Men on” segments, which had art pundits Blaine Edwards (Damon Wayans) and Antoine Merriweather (David Alan Grier) offer commentary filled with crude puns on books, films, and television. The two were audience favorites, but also drew criticism for what some viewed as perpetuating negative stereotypes of gay men.

Known for bringing a cutting, urban twist to the sketch-comedy genre, “In Living Color” launched the careers of Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx, among others. No word on whether Carrey or Foxx will participate in the revamped version — or whether Jennifer Lopez will be back to reclaim her role in the Fly Girls dance troupe.