EXCLUSIVE: Fox is prepping a primetime sketch comedy series for midseason from Oscar winner and In Living Color alum Jamie Foxx. The network has handed out a 12-episode order to the half-hour comedy, tentatively titled The Jamie Foxx Project. Foxx, Fox TV Studios and producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum were behind a sketch comedy pilot for Fox this past development cycle. I hear the new project will be different and the original pilot won’t be used. Rising sketch comedian/actor Affion Crockett (The Boondocks), who co-starred in the pilot, will star on the series and produce. One of the pilot’s co-writers, Carl Jones also will stay on as writer/co-executive producer.
In the vein of Fox’s 1990s sketch/variety series In Living Color, which gave Foxx his break, The Jamie Foxx Project will take on pop culture, spoofing movie trailers, commercials, TV shows, music videos and celebrities, with a diverse cast of young new comedians. FtvS, Foxx/King Entertainment and The Tannenbaum Co. are producing the series, with Foxx, Marcus King and Jaime Rucker King, Foxx’s managers and producing partners at Foxx/King Entertainment, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum executive producing.