Jamie Foxx and Jay Pharoah (CR: SHOWTIME)
Showtime has ordered to series Jamie Foxx’s "White Famous," which the network ordered a pilot for in June of 2016. Clearly they liked what they saw.
Tim Story directs and executive produces "White Famous," which stars Jay Pharoah as a talented, young African American comedian whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross-over towards becoming "white famous."
The project - based on producer/creator Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences (who'll also have a recurring role in the series) - co-stars Megalyn Echikunwoke as Pharoah's character's ex-girlfriend, the love of his life, as well as the mother of his son.
Also Utkarsh Ambudkar plays Pharoah's frustrated agent who wants his client to do whatever it takes to make it big.
Jacob Ming-Trent and Lonnie Chavis also co-star.
Stephen Tobolowsky guest stars in the series’ pilot.
"I came up from stand-up comedy, so to be able to share that aspect of my life on screen with a project like 'White Famous' is incredibly exciting," said Foxx. "We couldn't have found better partners than Showtime Lionsgate and Tom Kapinos to tell this story in the best possible way."
"They say you can't go home again, but I'm thrilled to be back at Showtime, where I'm equally jazzed to be working with the brilliant Jamie Foxx on the creation of another wickedly profane TV antihero," added Kapinos.
A co-production between Lionsgate Television and Showtime, the half-hour comedy, executive produced by Foxx and Tom Kapinos (creator of "Californication"), is written by Kapinos, based on an idea by Foxx.
No ETA at this time.