Essence Atkins has landed the female lead opposite Marlon Wayans in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Marlon.

Loosely inspired by Wayans’ life, Marlon centers on Marlon (Wayans), an inappropriate, but loving father who is committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife Angie (Atkins). Angie is a type-A interior designer by trade and something of a control freak who did one reckless and spontaneous thing in her life: fell in love with Marlon.

haunted-houseThis marks a reteaming of Wayans and Atkins who also star as a couple in Wayans’ A Haunted House horror comedy feature franchise. Atkins previously co-starred on the TBS multi-camera comedy series Are We There Yet? and on the syndicated sitcom Mr. Box Office. She also toplines TV One’s Girlfriend’s Getaway TV movie franchise.

Marlon was written by Chris Moynihan who serves as showrunner and executive produces with Wayans, Rick Alvarez and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg for Universal TV.

Atkins is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Kathy McComb Management.