J Lee

J. Lee

*FOX is the only major network to finally clue in on the fact that black folks like to be entertained too, and not always by the same pale faces we see on the other networks.

Already the home of several hit series with black leads, such as “Minority Report,” “Sleepy Hallow,” ‘Rosewood,” and of course, “Empire,” the network is adding yet another black show to its roster with “2 Black Dudes,” which Deadline describes as an edgy comedy about 2 LA-based black dudes, who are also cousins, with “completely different perspectives on life,” who “continuously bump heads on everything from religion, sex, politics, and being black in America, all the way down to who’s the best ninja turtle.”

Sounds kinda boring, but this writer does wonder how two modern day black dudes navigate the superficial dating scene in Los Angeles. In other words, we will be shocked if many black women are featured on the series, especially as love interests. Doubtful, but stay tuned.

J. Lee will write, with Seth MacFarlane executive producing alongside Mike Mariano, who will serve as showrunner. Lee got his break when he was a receptionist on MacFarlane’s hit animated series “Family Guy,” and landed his first job as a writer on Seth’s spinoff “The Cleveland Show.” Lee also voiced characters on “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “Cleveland.”

J. Lee is an accomplished classical pianist who played at Carnegie Hall at the age of 12. Upon graduating in 2005 with a BA in Piano Performance and Theater and Drama, he switched his focus from music to writing for film/TV.

Meanwhile, the latest MacFarlane-produced animated series for FOX, “Border Town,” debuts January 3.

The announcement of “2 Black Guys” follows news of Lee Daniels’ new Atlanta-set musical drama, as well as a potential Cookie Lyon ‘Empire’ spin-off series. Additionally, producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, are also bringing their new crime drama to FOX, starring Sanaa Lathan.