Shadow and Act has learned that Gregg Wayans and Asjha Cooper have been tapped as the leads for a comedy pilot set at Freeform from black-ish writer Kenny Smith.
None of the Above is described as a single-cam comedy that follows Cannon and his best friend Valencia, two college friends that find their transition into the “real” world isn’t easy because they don’t quite conform to other people’s expectations.
The project is based out of ABC Signature and is written by Smith and directed by Mo Marable, who both serve as executive producers along with Lauren Corrao and Tornante.
Wayans (the son of screenwriter Diedre Wayans of the Wayans family) portrays Cannon, a self-assured, witty guy who is always open to new experiences… except when he’s suddenly not. Cooper portrays Valencia, a strong-willed woman of devout faith, whose drive to succeed can often border on obsessive and gets her into trouble.
Others cast include Ron Taylor, Justin Miles and Katelyn Tarver. Taylor portrays Mo, a perpetually laid-back 22-year-old entrepreneur, who’s an advocate of the Black community, Black culture; just an all-around fan of Blackness. Miles portrays Cannon’s friend Ryan, a fun guy who goes all in for his friends; whether it’s throwing a barbecue for them or starting a bar fight on their behalf. Tarver portrays Cydney, Ryan’s wife, a practical yet tenacious woman who speaks her mind on saving the environment, and if there’s any time left, will squeeze in her views on human rights issues as well.
Photo: Tiffany Kyees (Wayans), José Manuel Cruz (Cooper)