Jay Pharoah and Jamie Foxx’s Showtime ‘White Famous’ Gets First Trailer
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SNL may be notably bereft of Jay Pharoah, but the comedian is about to get White Famous with Jamie Foxx. Showtime has set an October premiere date with a first full trailer for the new meta-comedy of Foxx’s rise to fame.
As announced during the Showtime TCA press tour panel, White Famous will premiere its first season on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00 P.M. Executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Tom Kapinos, Tim Story and Jamie King, White Famous describes itself thusly:
In WHITE FAMOUS, Jay Pharoah plays talented young comedian Floyd Mooney, whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross over into the world of becoming “white famous.” A co-production of Lionsgate Television and SHOWTIME, WHITE FAMOUS is a collaboration between writer and showrunner Tom Kapinos (CALIFORNICATION), who will executive produce, and Foxx, who will executive produce and guest star in a recurring role. Tim Story, the prolific director who helmed the movie franchises Barbershop, Ride Along and Think Like A Man, will executive produce and direct the pilot. Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project) plays Malcolm, Floyd’s frustrated agent who wants his client to do whatever it takes to make it big. Cleopatra Coleman (The Last Man on Earth) plays Floyd’s ex-girlfriend Sadie, the love of his life and the mother of his son, played by Lonnie Chavis (This is Us). Jacob Ming-Trent (Feed the Beast) stars as Ron Balls, Floyd’s roommate – in the middle of the chaos, he remains the voice of reason. Stephen Tobolowsky (The Goldbergs) guest stars in the series’ pilot. Additional guest stars this season will include Meagan Good, Jack Davenport, Michael Rapaport, Kendrick Sampson, Lyndon Smith and Natalie Zea.
Pharoah was originally thought to split work on the series with SNL, before the series let he and Taran Killam go before Season 42. Killam previously had his own Showtime series in the works, Mating, though the network declined the project.
Stay tuned for more on White Famous as we get closer to the October premiere.