The network has been developing several sketch projects in recent years, but so far they’ve come short of actually making it on the air. Two of Fox’s most recent stabs — one by Dana Carvey and another by Jamie Foxx — are now dead.
But AHA! Much like a horribly catchy slow jam tune that you can’t get out of your head (perhaps crooned by, oh, I dunno, JAMIE FOXX), Fox can’t get Jamie Foxx (above, from his “In Living Color” days) off its development roster.
The network went back to Foxx to start over and develop a new project after last year’s pilot was scrapped. And now, Fox has given a series order to a new, untitled sketch-comedy series from Foxx and set to air during the upcoming TV season. Affion Crockett (“The Boondocks,” “Dance Flick”) will star and also serve as a producer.
Foxx, of course, was a later-season member of Fox’s seminal early 1990s sketch comedy “In Living Color.”
“Jamie Foxx’s brilliance first shined on Fox, so it’s fantastic to welcome him back to the network,” said Fox Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly.
Fox isn’t shying away from the “In Living Color” comparisons, citing it as inspiration for the new show, which the net promises “a fresh take on pop culture, including spoofs of movie trailers, commercials, TV shows, music videos and celebrities, with a diverse cast made up of the very best new young comedians on the scene today. Additionally, some of the biggest names in Hollywood will be stopping by for a visit.”
Fox Television Studios, Foxx/King Entertainment and The Tannenbaum Company are the studios. Foxx, Marcus King (“Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “The Jamie Foxx Show”), Jaime Rucker King (“Ray,” “From G’s to Gents”), Eric Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) are exec producers.