Coming as part of Showtime’s announcements at the TCAs Winter Press Tour today, the network has officially revealed the two newest additions to its original series lineup.
The first, titled “The Chi,” comes from Elwood Reid, who will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Aaron Kaplan, with Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) set to executive produce as well as direct the premiere episode. Starring Jason Mitchell and Lena Waithe, it is a coming-of-age story following a half a dozen characters all living in the south side of Chicago.
Mitchell will be the lead, a young boy who dreams of opening up his own restaurant one day, but is torn between his ambitions and his responsibility to take care of his mother and teenage brother still living in the South Side.
The second series, titled “White Famous,” comes from Jamie Foxx and “Californication” creator Tom Kapinos, with Foxx creating the story for the series, and Kapinos going on write it and as an executive producer.
The series will follow a talented and young African-American comedian (played by “SNL” alum Jay Pharoah), who tries to navigate the tricky waters of maintaining his credibility as his star power rises and he begins to transition over into the mainstream, afraid of becoming what he calls “white famous.” In addition to co-creating the series, Foxx is also set to guest star in a recurring role in the half-hour comedy.
This news also comes following Showtime’s earlier renewal of “The Affair” for a fourth season, and make sure to stay tuned for more updates expected to come from the TCAs throughout the rest of the week as well.