» by tffhthewriter March 29, 2010, 13:30pm
Oscar award winner Jamie Foxx has been tapped by Fox Networks to create a new urban inspired sketch- comedy show.
According to reports, the untitled project will star Affion Crockett and will be executively produced by Foxx and two of his fellow “Color” writers, “MadTV” creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small.
The show idea is actually the result of merging two projects. Foxx wanted 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.
Foxx, who co-created, produced and top lined “The Jamie Foxx Show,” had another sketch-comedy show with Bahr and Small in development last year at MTV.
Small and Bahr’s series credits also include “Chocolate News” and “Blue Collar TV.”