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My Wife and Kids

My Wife and Kids is an American sitcom which ran on ABC from March 28, 2001, until May 17, 2005, starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, produced by Touchstone Television. It is a popular film and television featuring Michael Kyle, a loving husband and modern-day patriarch who rules his household with a unique and distinct parenting style. As he teaches his three children some of life's lessons, he does so with his own brand of wisdom, discipline and humor.

Production

Premise

The series is premised on a self-made entrepreneur, Michael Kyle (Damon Wayans) bringing up his family in the suburbs of Stamford, Connecticut. His family consists of the mother & wife of the family Janet 'Jay' Kyle (Tisha Campbell-Martin), and three children: Michael 'Junior' Kyle (George O. Gore II), Claire Kyle (Jazz Raycole, later Jennifer Freeman), and young Kady Kyle (Parker McKenna Posey).

Michael owns a small trucking & moving company with Jay beginning the series as a stockbroker. She later realizes she misses her kids and becomes a house wife; in the later series, she attempts to finish college. Other recurring characters add to the cast in later seasons.

Broadcast History

The show was created by Don Reo and Damon Wayans. Reruns air in the U.S. on various local stations and in the UK on Trouble and Virgin 1. The series will begin airing on ABC Family in September of 2008. The series also airs in Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, South Africa,Poland Kenya, Tanzania, India, Pakistan,Bangladesh, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and New Zealand.

In the season five finale, "The V Story", it was revealed that Jay was apparently pregnant. The cliffhanger was answered by ABC that if they had picked up the series for another year, the pregnancy test results would have been wrong and Jay would not have had the baby.

Cast

Jazz Raycole (the original Claire) departed after season one. It was publicly reported that she was pulled from the series by her mother over concerns about the second season opening storyline in which Raycole (as Claire) finds her friend Charmaine (portrayed by Raven-Symoné) has become pregnant. Replacement actress Jennifer Freeman was then cast in the same role with the same storyline. Given that Freeman bears no resemblance to the original actress, the second season premiere ("Mom's Away") obliquely refers to the change: Upon Claire's entrance down the stairs of the set, Michael notices a difference about his daughter and declares, "I don't know what it is, but you look like a whole new person!"

During the third season, gifted piano virtuoso Noah Gray-Cabey joins the cast as young Kady's playmate Franklin. Portraying a child savant, succeeding episodes are often accented by the talented young actor's actual musical skills and his portrayal as having advanced educational credentials and achievements. Despite being a playmate, Franklin and Kady are openly "boyfriend and girlfriend".

Also, although season three opens with actress Meagan Good as Junior's new girlfriend Vanessa, she is replaced after 5 episodes by actress Brooklyn Sudano, (daughter of legendary 1970's singer Donna Summer) for undisclosed reasons. Unlike the change in Claire's role, no on-screen reference was made regarding this change. The pair consummates their relationship during this season, resulting in Vanessa becoming pregnant at season's end and setting up the series for related storylines through the remainder of the show. They become parents in the fourth season finale.

Introduced in the middle of the second season, Claire begins a relationship with the religious-minded Tony, portrayed by young actor Andrew McFarlane. The relationship continues through series end. In the episode "Breaking Up and Breaking It," McFarlane appears as Roger, Claire's first crush.

Characters

Main

DVD Releases

Lionsgate Entertainment released My Wife and Kids on DVD.

Cancellation

In May 2005, ABC decided to cancel the show, one day before its Season 5 Finale

The Wayans influence

Many members of the Wayans family have worked in front of the camera or behind the scenes on My Wife and Kids. In some cases, careers were accelerated. For instance, Damien Dante Wayans was a supervising producer in season three, a producer or co-producer in season four, and an executive story editor in season four and in season five.

Behind the camera

Midway through season two, Kim Wayans, who had acting experience starring in In Living Color and In the House became a regular writer for the series after writing a few season-two episodes. She became executive story editor in season three, producer in season four (skipping co-producer) and supervising producer in season five. Kim never made an on-camera appearance on the show.

Damien Dante Wayans wrote and directed several episodes of the series from seasons three through five. Damon's look-alike son, Damon Wayans, Jr., wrote a season four episode and became a regular writer in the fifth season. Elvira Wayans also wrote a couple of episodes in the fifth season. Damon's cousin Craig Wayans began as a writer and executive story editor on the show in the second season, and then became supervising producer without skipping a position.

In front of the camera

Keenen Ivory Wayans appears once as Michael's brother Ken in season one's "A Little Boo Boo".

Damon's own kids, Cara Mia, Michael and Damon Jr. appeared in episodes during the first four seasons. Jojo and Damon Jr. played Junior's friends Mike and John, respectively while Cara Mia played Claire's friend Bre in "Of Breasts and Basketball". Cara Mia's character was renamed Shante in her season three appearances.

Awards and nominations

Awards Outcome
ASCAP Awards:
Top TV Series Won
BET Comedy Award:
Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Damon Wayans) Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Tisha Campbell-Martin) Won
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (George O. Gore II) Nominated
Family Television Award:
Comedy Won
Image Awards:
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Damon Wayans) Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Tisha Campbell-Martin) Won
Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (George O. Gore II) Nominated
Logie Award:
Most Popular Overseas Comedy Nominated
People's Choice Award:
Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series (Damon Wayans) Won
Favorite Television New Comedy Series Won
Prism Award:
TV Comedy Series Episode Won
Satellite Awards:
Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (Damon Wayans) Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (Damon Wayans) Nominated
Teen Choice Award:
Choice TV Actress - Comedy (Jennifer Freeman) Nominated
TV - Choice Comedy Nominated
Young Artist Award:
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actor Age Ten or Younger (Noah Gray-Cabey) Won
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger (Jazz Raycole) Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy or Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under (Jessica Sara) Won
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Nominated
Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama) Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress (Marina Malota) Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy or Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under (Liliana Mumy) Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actress Age Ten or Under (Parker McKenna Posey) Nominated

Syndication

ABC Family began airing My Wife and Kids on September 1, 2008.

International Broadcast History

Region Title
Venezuela Mi esposa e hijos
Brazil Eu, a patroa e as crianças
France Ma Famille d'Abord
Germany What’s Up, Dad?
Italy Tutto in famiglia
Poland On, ona i dzieciaki
Tanzania Mimi, Watoto na mke Wangu

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