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NBC + Marlon Wayans host ATL Press Dinner for #MARLON at STK [PHOTOS]

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Marlon Wayans at STK Press Dinner

#UPFRONT was in the building this week for a private press dinner hosted by NBC and featuring TV and film star—Marlon Wayans. The beloved comedian was in town promoting his new sitcom, “Marlon,” which debuts this coming Wednesday, August 16 at 9 and 9:30 p.m.


The 30-minute series features him as an attentive — somewhat juvenile — single father who is co-parenting his two young children with his mature and very put-together ex-wife, Ashley, played by Essence Atkins. While his fatherly advice may often be misguided, and he sometimes lets his own outsized personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom get in his way, for Marlon, family always comes first.



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Marlon Wayans talking to Atlanta Press about his new show at STK

The show also features comedic writer Diallo Riddle as his unemployed best friend, Stevie and comedic actress Bresha Webb as Ashley’s no-nonsense BFF, Yvette. Child actors Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil round out the cast as Marlon’s teenage daughter, Marley and his young son, Zack.

For Wayans, the new TV show allows him to tell the stories he wants to since he has retired from doing movie parodies and is focusing on his own brand.


“These last five to six years, I’ve just been working on Marlon. I gave so many contributions to Wayans that now I feel like I’m growing into Marlon. It’s gonna be some ups and downs, trials and tribulations but the victory is in the fact that everyday I go to work; I learn something new and I get better. So I’m looking at my work and I am seeing a transition and I like what I’m doing now. I like the fact that I said, ‘I’m done with parody.’ I like that I’m doing stuff that has good characters and fun stories about parenting and something that is meaningful like a family staying together despite divorce,” said Wayans to #UPFRONT.



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Ray Cornelius talking to Marlon Wayans about #Marlon

Wayans also knew that he wanted his “A Haunted House” co-star Essence Atkins to play his ex-wife in the series.  “Working with her has been wonderful. She gets my rhythm. She knows how to stay in the scene and stay grounded. She’s not trying to be me and never breaks, even though she wants to.”


Check out the “Marlon” trailer below and don't forget to watch the series debut on Wednesday, August 16 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST on NBC.  


Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.