Showtime has given a pilot order to “White Famous,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and Tom Kapinos.
The new series will be written by Kapinos, and is 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 young African-American comedian on the rise. The young comedian will have to maintain his credibility as he begins to cross-over towards becoming “white famous.”
The show marks a return to Showtime for Kapinos who created, wrote and executive produced seven seasons of the hit series Californication. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.
“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.
This is the first series Foxx has launched since 1996, when he introduced “The Jamie Foxx Show” on the WB network. Foxx not only starred on the series, but served as co-creator and executive producer, and directed several episodes.
Foxx’s portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in the Taylor Hackford-directed biopic, Ray garnered him an Academy Award for Best Actor. Foxx also single-handedly swept the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, BAFTA and NAACP Image Awards, as well as numerous other critical awards for his performance in the film.
Foxx also earned Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Image Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Michael Mann’s thriller Collateral, opposite Tom Cruise.
Tom Kapinos began his career in television as a writer for the seminal teen drama Dawson’s Creek. Disillusioned by much of his mainstream television experience, he wrote a screenplay solely for his own amusement. It was a dark comedy about a writer who couldn’t write. His name was Hank Moody. Much to his surprise, dismay and eventual delight, the script attracted the attention of SHOWTIME and David Duchovny. Californication ran for seven seasons on the network, and remains the experience of a lifetime. He most recently developed and executive produced the hit series Lucifer.