Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has made a huge name for himself in movies since he left full time gigs in scripted television behind back in 2001. But, now the actor / comedian / singer is joining the growing number of movie stars who've decided to take their immense talents to the small screen, as Foxx will be starring in a new comedy for Netflix entitled Dad Stop Embarrassing Me.
Jamie Foxx really came to the public eye while starring on the classic 1990s sketch show In Living Color from 1991-1994, soon moving on to his eponymously named comedy, The Jamie Foxx Show, for The WB from 1996 through its end nearly 20 years ago. Now, though, Foxx is heading back to scripted TV, with Dad Stop Embarrassing Me having an official series greenlight from Netflix. According to Deadline, the new comedy is based on Foxx's relationship with his real-life daughter, Corinne, and will focus on their father / daughter bond.
Jamie Foxx is also on tap to executive produce Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, with Corinne Foxx producing alongside Alex Avant. The episodes will be directed by Ken Whittingham (The Office, Parks and Recreation, black-ish), with Bentley Kyle Evans (who with Foxx co-created and executive produced The WB sitcom, along with acting as showrunner) also executive producing and now set to replace original showrunner Jim Patterson (The Ranch), who left his position with the new comedy recently, as well.
In February, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me was already casting and beginning other pre-production work, but, as with so many shows, quarantine stopped that forward motion just a few weeks later. Luckily, the producers do have a solid cast in place, though, with Kyla-Drew (The Good Doctor, Station 19, No Good Nick) set to play Foxx's daughter, David Alan Grier (In Living Color, The Resident, The Carmichael Show) also having a starring role, and Porscha Coleman (Good Girls, Ballers), Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series), Heather Hemmens (Roswell, New Mexico; Yellowstone), and Valente Rodriguez (High School Musical: The Musical - The Series) rounding out the cast.
While fans will remember that Jamie Foxx did recently return to the small screen as the host of the Fox game show Beat Shazam from 2017-2019, he's largely been filling his time with critically acclaimed / blockbuster films since the end of his sitcom, having starred in movies such as Ray (for which he won his Academy Award), Collateral, Django Unchained, Jarhead, Dreamgirls, Baby Driver, and Just Mercy. Foxx is also in the recently released Netflix film Project Power, and will soon lend his voice to the Disney Pixar movie, Soul (though he's also trying really hard to nab the lead in Spawn).
It's obvious that Jamie Foxx has a lot of faith in Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, and I'm sure the famous funny-man enjoyed the prospect of having another project on which to work with Corinne, who was also on Beat Shazam. There's no word yet on how many episodes we'll see of the new comedy, or when we could see it debut on Netflix, but it will likely be at least a while before filming is complete and Dad Stop Embarrassing Me is ready for our eager eyes. In the meantime, you can check out our guide to fall TV to see what's on the small screen soon!