Sinbad to Co-Star in Fox's Jerrod Carmichael-Lil Rel Comedy

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Sinbad is returning to Fox.

The actor/stand-up comedian has been tapped to co-star in Fox comedy pilot Rel, marking his first series-regular role in more than two decades.

In a story inspired by his life, Lil Rel Howery stars as a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code of "always believe in yourself and great things will come." He finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his barber. He tries to rebuild his life postdivorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who is on a quest for love, respect and a new barber.

Sinbad will play Rel's dad, as well as the father to Nat (Jordan L. Jones), who seems to care more about his reputation in the community than he does about the happiness of his sons.  

Written by Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, the duo exec produce alongside their The Carmichael Show collaborators Mike Scully and Jerrod Carmichael. Scully is set as showrunner. Gerry Cohen directs the mulitcamera comedy from 20th TV. Angel Laketa Moore co-stars.

Rel is Sinbad's last appeared as a series regular on The Sinbad Show, which aired on Fox for one season in the 1993-94 season. His live-action roles include A Different World and The Redd Foxx Show. He's repped by CAA and Root Sacharow.

In other Fox pilot castings, The Mayor's Bernard David Jones has been cast opposite Beth Behrs in Fox's Our People, the single-camera comedy exec produced by Lee Daniels. Based on Endemol's Israeli format, the comedy revolves around a man (Jones) from a bombastic African family who doesn't have a word in their native language for "privacy” and his fiancee (Behrs) from a Midwestern family try to build a normal life together. Though nobody can agree what that "normal" means. Vali Chandrasekaran penned the 20th TV pilot. Jones is repped by APA and Primary Wave.

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