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Showtime orders “White Famous” starring Jay Pharoah to series

Jay Pharoah’s post-SNL career is off to a hot start!

Showtime announced on Monday that it’s ordering his pilot for White Famous to series.

The series, based in part on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences as an up-and-coming comedian and actor, stars Pharoah as rising star Floyd Mooney who wonders how to balance his street cred as a comic with the temptations and possibilities of mainstream crossover. AKA, becoming “white famous.”

Foxx will executive produce and have a recurring onscreen role, too, while Californication creator Tim Kapinos writes and EPs, and Tim Story directs.

The rest of the initial cast includes Megalyn Echikunwoke as Floyd’s ex-girlfriend Sadie, the love of his life and the mother of his son; Utkarsh Ambudkar as Malcolm, Floyd’s frustrated agent who wants his client to do whatever it takes to make it big; plus Jacob Ming-Trent and Lonnie Chavis. Stephen Tobolowsky guest stars in the series’ pilot.

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