Showtime Orders Comedy Pilot ‘White Famous’ from Jamie Foxx and ‘Californication’ Creator

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Showtime has ordered a pilot for “White Famous,” a comedy from exec producer Jamie Foxx and “Californication” creator Tom KapinosVariety has learned.

Aside from his behind-the-camera duties, Foxx will also guest star in a recurring role.

The half-hour comedy, hailing from Lionsgate Television, 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, who returns to the network, following seven seasons of David Duchovny’s “Californication,” which he created, wrote and exec produced.

“White Famous” is the second project at Showtime to center around the early days of standup comedians. The cabler recently picked up a dark comedy from exec producer Jim Carrey, titled “I’m Dying Up Here” — the series is set in L.A. standup comedy scene of the ’70s.

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  1. yaawwn says:

    Another ‘black person having to deal with dumb white people’ show, jesus, is that all they have anymore? Every show is some dumb white male in charge and all the non-white male employees making tired, boring jokes about how dumb the guy is and how hard it is having to work for him. Same boring theme, well guess what, if you’re in Russia you’re going to have to act Russian, if you’re in China you’ll have to act Chinese, or at least assimilate the customs if you want to succeed. Surprise, surprise, that’s just how the world works. Stuff’s not funny anymore, Jamie’s just rehashing his race BS into a tv show format, all while ignoring reality. I don’t have showtime and I rarely even watch TV, but if I did I would know what not to watch.

  2. Luke says:

    Good title.

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