Showtime is getting back into business with Californication creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos. The premium cable network is teaming with Kapinos and Jamie Foxx for White Famous, a half hour comedy project which has received a pilot order, TVWise has learned.
White Famous 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.”
The comedy project is being penned by Tom Kapinos and is based off of an idea by Jamie Foxx. Lionsgate Television are co-producing White Famous with Showtime, with box Kapinos and Foxx serving as the executive producers. Additionally, Foxx will appear in the project in an as-yet unspecified recurring role.
“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” Foxx said. “We couldn’t have found better partners than Showtime, Lionsgate and Tom Kapinos to tell this story in the best possible way.”
The pilot order for White Famous was one of several decision unveiled by Showtime President David Nevins during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday evening. He also unveiled new limited series Purity, starring James Bond alum Daniel Craig; and revealed that the network was in talks with Fox 21 Television Studios to renew Homeland for two more seasons, the show’s seventh and eighth.