Three Wayans, one 'Felony' for VH1 series


The Wayans brothers — Keenen Ivory, Marlon and Shawn — are making their first foray into cable series with "The Life and Times of Marcus 'Felony' Brown," a scripted comedy for VH1.

The cable network has ordered a pilot for the half-hour, single-camera project, an edgy urban comedy VH1 is producing with Wayans Bros. Prods.

Marlon and Shawn Wayans developed "Felony" with Rick Alvarez, their longtime producing partner at Wayans Bros. The three are executive producing the show with Keenen Ivory Wayans and Modus Entertainment's Lisa Suzanne Blum, who manages the brothers.

"Felony" centers on a up-and-coming hard-core East Coast rapper (Darius McCrary) who, after his debut album goes platinum, is forced to relocate to Los Angeles to record his follow-up. Along for the ride are his self-hyping hype man, E-Z (Vince Green); jet-setting manager, Cash (Jon Abrahams); and hard-partying bodyguard, Tiny (Marcello Thedford). Affion Crockett plays Seville, Marcus' personal barber, while Toni Trucks is Tia, Marcus' assistant.

Principal photography just wrapped on the pilot written by Xavier Cook, whose credits include the Wayanses' film "White Chicks" and the WB Network sitcom "The Wayans Bros." Marcus Raboy ("Friday After Next") is the director.

VH1 is relatively new to the scripted genre. Its first efforts in the area have included the Tori Spelling starrer "So Notorious," "Acceptable TV" and "I Hate My 30s."

McCrary, who co-starred on ABC's "Family Matters" and NBC's "Committed," next appears in the feature "Next Day Air." He is repped by Pantheon and attorney Neil Meyer.

Thedford, whose credits also include "Girlfriends" and "Playmakers," is repped by JC Robbins Management.

Crockett, whose credits include MTV's "Wild 'N Out," next appears in the films "Get Some" and "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins." He is repped by Global Artists Agency and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

The Wayanses and Raboy are repped by WMA. Raboy also is managed by Blum.