9:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Natalie Zea to Recur on Showtime's Jay Pharoah Comedy 'White Famous'
Natalie Zea is headed to Showtime.
The Detour star has signed on for a recurring role on the pay cabler's Jamie Foxx-produced comedy White Famous, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Additionally, How to Get Away With Murder grad Kendrick Sampson is set to recur on the upcoming half hour.
White Famous focuses on a talented young African-American comedian, Floyd Mooney (SNL alum Jay Pharoah), whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross over toward becoming “white famous.”
Zea will play Amy, a high-profile Hollywood agent who used to be the boss of Floyd's current agent, Malcolm (Pitch Perfect's Utkarsh Ambudkar). She is an expert at guiding careers, and Floyd can’t help feeling drawn to her.
The role reunites Zea with showrunner Tom Kapinos, with whom she worked on Showtime's Californication. The White Famous gig comes in addition to her starring role on TBS' The Detour, which was renewed for season three in April. Her other credits include Justified, The Following and Dirty Sexy Money. She is repped by UTA, manager Robert Semon and attorney Jamie Feldman.
Sampson will portray Robbie MacDonald, a very handsome and talented British actor auditioning with Floyd for a project. He also plays guitar in a band. The actor, whose other credits include Gracepoint and The Vampire Diaries, is repped by Abrams Artists.
White Famous' cast also includes Megalyn Echikunwoke (Showtime's House of Lies), Jacob Ming-Trent (Feed the Beast) and Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us). Additionally, exec producer Foxx -- whose personal experiences in the business helped inspire the project -- is set to recur.
Foxx and Kapinos will exec produce with director Tim Story (Barbershop, Ride Along) and Jaime Rucker King. Showtime and Lionsgate will co-produce. There is no premiere date yet.