Stephen Tobolowsky Cast in New Comedy Pilot White Famous Starring Jay Pharoah

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Viacom Winter TCA 2015
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Californication’s Tom Kapinos is creating a new half-hour comedy pilot for Showtime, called White Famous, and has cast Stephen Tobolowsky to play a high-powered producer, reports Deadline. This shouldn’t be too hard for Tobolowsky, since he has plenty of experience playing a Hollywood producer: Stu Beggs, for four seasons on Californication. The new series will follow Floyd, a talented, young African-American comedian (Jay Pharoah) who begins to cross over toward becoming “white famous.” It will also be executive-produced by Jamie Foxx. who plays a version of himself on a recurring basis. Tobolowsky was cast in the pilot as a guest star, but he could recur the way he did on Californication. Recently, he’s played Principal Ball on ABC’s The Goldbergs and also has been recurring on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Stephen Tobolowsky Cast in White Famous Pilot