Showtime has given a pilot order to White Famous, a half-hour comedy executive produced by Jamie Foxx and Californication creator Tom Kapinos. Kapinos has written the script, based on an idea by Foxx, who will also play a recurring role on the potential series. Lionsgate TV co-produces with Showtime.

White Famous centers on a talented, young African-American comedian whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross-over towards becoming “white famous.”

“I came up from standup comedy, so to be able to share that aspect of my life on screen with a project like White Famous is incredibly exciting,” said Foxx. “We couldn’t have found better partners than Showtime, Lionsgate and Tom Kapinos to tell this story in the best possible way.”

This marks Kapinos’ return to Showtime where he wrote and executive produced seven seasons of his dark comedy series Californication. “They say you can’t go home again, but I’m thrilled to be back at Showtime, where I’m equally jazzed to be working with the brilliant Jamie Foxx on the creation of another wickedly profane TV antihero,” Kapinos said.