SHOWTIME has given a pilot order to “White Famous,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Jamie Foxx and Tom Kapinos (creator of “Californication”), which will be written by Kapinos, based on an idea by Jamie Foxx, who will guest star in a recurring role.
A co-production between Lionsgate Television and SHOWTIME, the project will focus on 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.”
“I came up from standup 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,” said Kapinos.
Foxx’s upcoming credits include “Sleepless” and Edgar Wright’s action thriller “Baby Driver” opposite Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm.