An eight-episode comedy starring Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx has begun streaming on Netflix.
“Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!” is inspired by Foxx’s real-life relationship with his daughter Corinne Foxx, who like her father, is among the series’ executive producers. The elder Foxx received writing credits on two episodes, including one with his daughter.
The elder Foxx portrays charismatic bachelor Brian Dixon who runs a successful cosmetics company he inherited from his mother and whose teenage daughter Sasha (Kyla-Drew) just moved to Atlanta to live with him following her mother’s death.
The series reunites Foxx with his castmate from the 1990-94 Fox sketch comedy series, “In Living Color,” David Alan Grier, who portrays his father Pops.
The addition of Grier’s character “came about in a weird way,” Foxx said.
When Foxx and his daughter created the series it was “basically our stories of me just embarrassing my daughter, over and over again,” he said. “But when we started putting the actual show together, we thought, `Wouldn’t it be great if I had a father as well so you can sort of see where the embarrassment originated from?”’ Foxx said. “The fortunate thing of having David Alan Grier is when we’re doing it, I could say ‘Yeah there’s the writing on the paper but Dave, man, make it yours. Do whatever you want to do with it.’
And when we said that, this incredible light came on.”
This is the first comedy series for Foxx since “The Jamie Foxx Show,” which ran on The WB from 1996-2001.
“I love TV,” said Foxx, who won the best actor Oscar in 2005 for his portrayal of singer Ray Charles in “Ray.” “There’s nothing like television. Like, you could do a movie and it’s so many people involved and it comes out and you’re like ‘Man, that ain’t what they said it was gonna look like.’ So, the process is just different.
“But being on TV, there’s a lifeline that you just cannot duplicate anywhere else.”
The cast also consists of Porscha Coleman, who portrays Dixon’s younger sister Chelsea who also lives with him; Jonathan Kite, who plays Dixon’s best friend from high school Johnny Williams, an Atlanta police officer; Heather Hemmens, who portrays Dixon’s assistant at the cosmetics company; Valente Rodriguez, who plays the Dixons’ household handyman; and Miracle Reigns, who portrays Williams’ daughter Zia.