Although Shameless has been the unabashed ratings king on Showtime, the subscription network isn’t really known for its comedy series. Can its new White Famous TV show — inspired by the early career of Jamie Foxx — change all that in a way the low-rated Dice hasn’t been able to? Will White Famous be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A scripted comedy, White Famous stars Jay Pharoah, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jacob Ming-Trent, Lonnie Chavis, and Cleopatra Coleman, with Foxx guest starring as himself. In the first season, Michael Rapaport, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jack Davenport, Kendrick Sampson, Lyndon Smith, Natalie Zea, and Meagan Good also guest star on the Showtime TV series. The story centers on a young, talented African-American comedian, Floyd Mooney (Pharoah). Floyd’s standup career is on a serious upswing. His act is catching on so well, he’s starting to cross over. His fanbase is expanding so fast, he’s on the brink of becoming “white famous.” Now, he’s faced with a new challenge — maintaining his credibility without hindering the growth of his career.
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What do you think? Do you like the White Famous TV series? Should Showtime cancel or renew it for a second season?
12/30/17 update: Showtime has cancelled White Famous so there won’t be a second season. Details here.