Three Wayans, one 'Felony' for VH1 series


UPDATED 5:15 p.m. PT Dec. 6
UPDATED 11:30 a.m. PT Dec. 6

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.

"The Wayans brothers have achieved incredible success by writing, producing and performing their own multifaceted brand of comedy that reflects -- and sometimes skewers -- what's happening in pop culture at the moment," said Brian Graden, president of entertainment at MTV Networks Music Group.

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."

"It's exciting to be in business with a cable network such as VH1," Marlon Wayans said. "They push the envelope and have fun with the world of pop culture. It's a perfect place and a great playground for our brand of comedy."

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.

Green, who will next be seen in "Of Boys and Men," is repped by Williams Talent Agency.

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