Wyclef Jean's Life Provides 'Inspiration' For Sitcom

Published: 2005-10-06
In a move one step above becoming just another reality TV show casualty, Wyclef Jean has signed a deal with HBO to develop, produce and star in a comedy series based loosely upon his own life. The erstwhile Fugee will also co-write the series, as well as produce original music for the show.

'Clef has been bitten by the acting bug of late, appearing in current independent features Dirty and One Last Thing (the latter of which debuted at last month's Toronto International Film Festival), as well as appearing in a few episodes of NBC TV show Third Watch.

Jean was born a minister's son in Haiti before moving with his family to Brooklyn when he was nine years old. The family later settled in New Jersey where a teenage Jean formed The Fugees with Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel. The Fugees shot to super-stardom with 1996's multi-platinum The Score, an album so big that it effectively broke up the band, with each member going on to varying degrees of solo success. The Fugees have, however, announced their return with a European tour set for this November and the follow-up to The Score tentatively planned for next year.

Given Jean's background and the fractious nature of his relationship with his fellow Fugees, his life doesn't exactly read like a laugh riot but, hey, who are we to question the wisdom of television producers? Ghost Whisperer didn't just produce itself, you know.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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