Fox picks up pilot from Jamie Foxx
THR EXCLUSIVEAlmost two decades after his breakout stint on "In Living Color," Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is back at Fox with another urban-flavored sketch-comedy show.
The network has ordered a pilot for an untitled project executive produced by Foxx and fellow "Color" scribes, "MadTV" creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small, with "Wild 'N Out" alum Affion Crockett attached as one of the stars.
Tantamount and Fox TV Studios are producing.
The pilot is the result of merging two projects. Foxx was looking to do a sketch-comedy series with an urban twist and paired with Bahr and Small to pitch the idea to Fox.
Separately, Sony TV-based Tantamount was working on a sketch-comedy project starring Crockett, probably best known for his spoofs of Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Drake and Jay-Z. Crockett also was attached to co-write with Carl Jones, a producer on Sony's animated comedy "The Boondocks," on which Jones voiced characters alongside Crockett and also served as a producer.
After hearing both pitches, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly proposed marrying the projects.
The combination landed at FtvS, with Foxx executive producing alongside Small, Bahr, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum as well as Marcus King and Jaime Rucker King, Foxx's managers and producing partners at Foxx King Entertainment.
Jones is co-executive producing, with Crockett a producer. Small, Bahr, Jones and Crockett are writing.
Small and Bahr's series credits also include "Chocolate News" and "Blue Collar TV."
Foxx, Small, Bahr and Jones are repped by CAA. Crockett, who recently launched a Web comedy series with Simmons, is repped by Principato Young and Global Artists.