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Jamie Foxx Returning to Fox

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 29th 2010 10:30AM
When we first heard the news that Jamie Foxx was developing a new television show, we thought the same thing you did: Boy, he's really getting into this 'Laverne and Shirley' remake. (Which his reps have since denied.) But as it turns out, while his latest project does feature the return of a classic series, it's one that is perhaps a bit more understandable for Foxx: 'In Living Color.'

Well, sort of. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Foxx is teaming with former 'In Living Color' writers Fax Bahr and Adam Small to develop a new "urban-flavored sketch-comedy show" for Fox.

Foxx, of course, rose to super-stardom thanks to his role on 'In Living Color,' which ran from 1990-1994, while Bahr and Small went on to create Fox's seminal sketch series 'MADtv.'When we first heard the news that Jamie Foxx was developing a new television show, we thought the same thing you did: Boy, he's really getting into this 'Laverne and Shirley' remake. (Which his reps have since denied.) But as it turns out, while his latest project does feature the return of a classic series, it's one that is perhaps a bit more understandable for Foxx: 'In Living Color.'

Well, sort of. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Foxx is teaming with former 'In Living Color' writers Fax Bahr and Adam Small to develop a new "urban-flavored sketch-comedy show" for Fox.

Foxx, of course, rose to super-stardom thanks to his role on 'In Living Color,' which ran from 1990-1994, while Bahr and Small went on to create Fox's seminal sketch series 'MADtv.'

But while Foxx is attached as a writer and producer for the as yet untitled series, for now it doesn't look like he'll be stepping in front of the camera. That honor will instead fall to 'Wild 'n Out' star Affion Crockett, who had been separately developing a similar sketch show for Fox alongside fellow 'Boondocks' producer Carl Jones before network executives came up with the idea to merge the two projects.

Of course, marrying the concepts does present some challenges -- for instance, there are now seven executive producers attached to the series, which may fall into the "too many cooks" category -- it also opens some creative possibilities for the series. We'd love to see some 'Boondocks'-style animation, for instance, while Foxx himself would also seem to be the perfect musical guest to kick off the show. And with their 'In Living Color' connections, well, we can think of a few guest stars that would guarantee a ratings boost.

Now if only they can get Lenny & Squiggy involved ...

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