FX picks up Jamie Foxx Sketch Project

Cable network FX, which is looking to establish a comedy block to complement its critically hailed dramas, has ordered a pilot for a sketch-comedy show from Jamie Foxx.

The former “In Living Color” star will serve as an executive producer of the untitled show and will likely appear in the pilot as well. Marcus King and Bentley Evans, who worked with Foxx on his self-titled WB sitcom, will also executive produce.

“It will be a very edgy, irreverent and sometimes topical sketch show,” FX Entertainment president John Landgraf tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Obviously, Jamie’s career as a dramatic actors is meteoric at the moment, but he wants to remain in the comedy business as well.”

Foxx, who starred opposite Tom Cruise in this summer’s “Collateral,” is gaining tremendous buzz for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic “Ray,” set for release Oct. 29. He also starred in FX’s movie “Redemption” earlier this year.

The Foxx project is the fourth comedy pilot FX has ordered in recent months, with the goal of debuting two in a one-hour block sometime in 2005. The others are “Human Animals,” about a couple who make wildlife films together from Andrew Gurland “O.C.” veterans Doug Liman and Dave Bartis; Eric Schaeffer’s “Starved,” which follows people with eating disorders; and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” about a group of friends in Philly, from Rob McElhenny.

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