The Jamie Foxx-produced Jay Pharoah vehicle premiered in September and netted around 1.8 million weekly viewers.
White Famous wasn’t able to raise its profile quite enough. Showtime has canceled the comedy after just one season.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network opted not to move forward with the Jamie Foxx-produced Jay Pharoah vehicle on the eve of the New Year, a not atypical time to drop bad news. A Showtime rep was not immediately available for comment.
The series’ cancellation does not come as a huge surprise, considering fellow freshman half-hour SMILF was quickly renewed a month ago amid radio silence on its own future prospects. Produced by Showtime alongside Lionsgate Television and Foxx’s Foxxhole Productions, White Famous was greeted with mixed reviews and courted a weekly audience of 1.8 million viewers once all platforms were tallied. (By Showtime standards, that’s fairly middling.)
What White Famous did give Showtime was a not-so-terribly common half-hour comedy for the network. The pay cable outfit is more known for flagship hour-longs such as Homeland and Shameless. The only new half-hour on the immediate horizon is Jim Carrey’s buzzy TV move, Kidding, in which he’ll star alongside Catherine Keener.
In addition to Pharoah and guest appearances by Foxx, White Famous counted Utkarsh Ambudkar, Cleopatra Coleman, Meagan Good, Stephen Tobolowsky and Michael Rapaport among its players.
White Famous‘ first season will live on at the outlet’s various streaming platforms.