*Jamie Foxx is heading back to familiar territory with a new sketch-comedy pilot for Fox, the network that aired his breakout run on “In Living Color” in the 1990s.
The untitled project is executive produced by Foxx and two of his fellow “Color” writers, “MadTV” creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small. “Wild ‘N Out” alumnus Affion Crockett is attached as one of the stars.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pilot is a combination of two separate projects. Foxx wanted to do a sketch-comedy series with an urban twist and teamed with Bahr and Small to pitch the idea to Fox.
Meanwhile, Sony TV-based production company Tantamount was working separately 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 was to co-write the project with Carl Jones, a producer of 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 merging the projects, with Small, Bahr, Jones and Crockett serving as writers.
Foxx, who co-created, produced and starred in “The Jamie Foxx Show,” had another sketch-comedy show with Bahr and Small in development last year at MTV.