A strong case could be made that New York City’s Apollo Theater, not Radio City Musical Hall, is the most storied live performance venue in the history of the United States. Its famous amateur hour has been won by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Jimi Hendrix, and the long list of performers who were at one time booed off the stage is perhaps even more impressive. One of those slandered comedians was Jamie Foxx, though the setback only inspired him to work harder. Eventually, he found his place on In Living Color and later won an Academy Award. Now he’s looking to revive the classic series Showtime At The Apollo for a new start.

Cable network BET has given a pilot order for the potential series that will follow much the same format as its predecessor. Back in the day, contestants getting booed would be swept off the stage, much to the delight of the always raucous crowd, and it seems reasonable to assume Foxx’s incarnation would also include the audience’s loud reactions, both good and bad. When the original was cancelled in 2008 after twenty-one years on the air, the intellectual rights reverted to a non-profit organization, but seeing how serious Foxx was to get the show back on the air, the group sold the rights to the comedian.

According to Deadline, Don Weiner, along with Jamie Foxx, will serve as producers on the series. Not exactly a household name anymore, Weiner created and produced the original series. His inclusion should bring a measure of stability to the franchise, though its ultimate status is still up in the air. I’d like to think it’ll get picked up to series, but it’s unclear how viable the show might be for a new generation. We’ll let you know BET’s decision once it become available.

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