5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bill Bellamy to Star in Fox Family Comedy From Chris Case
Fox has found its leading man for Chris Case's comedy pilot.
Stand-up comedian/actor Bill Bellamy will star opposite Becki Newton in the interracial family comedy.
The project follows Jay "Havoc" Hammond, an African-American ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons as he struggles to win the most challenging game of life: fatherhood.
Bellamy will take on the role of Jay, a tough, ex-NFL player who has retired from the field and is looking to move into the sports announcer side of the business. He is also married to Christy (Becki Newton) and is stepfather to her two sons. He tries to respect Christy’s wish that he let her be the disciplinarian, but when he feels like she’s allowing the kids to get away with too much, he steps in with comic results … but manages to get through to the kids, too.
Case (Reba) will pen the script and executive produce the single-camera comedy pilot from 20th Century Fox Television alongside Chris Spencer, Evan Silverberg and Daniel Rappaport. Malcolm D. Lee will direct the pilot.
The casting brings Bellamy back to Fox following roles in 2002's Fastlane. His credits include hosting Last Comic Standing, Hot in Cleveland and Kindergarten Cop 2. He is repped by Innovative, Barry Katz Entertainment and Lichter Grossman.
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