Former In Living Color regular and future Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx was the eponymous star of this long-running sitcom, one of the most popular and successful efforts of the fledgling WB network. The series' semi-autobiographical through line found Foxx cast as an aspiring actor named Jamie King, who in the first season traveled from his native Texas to Los Angeles, hoping to achieve stardom. To save money, Jamie accepted an invitation to live rent-free at King's Tower, a once-prominent but now rundown hotel managed by his chronic-gambler Uncle Junior (Garrett Morris) and his no-nonsense Aunt Helen (Ellia English). In exchange for his room, Jamie was expected to do a variety of odd jobs around the hotel, which brought him into contact with sexy front-desk clerk Francesca "Fancy" Monroe (Garcelle Beauvais), persnickety hotel accountant Braxton P. Hartnabrig (Christopher P. Duncan), and during the initial ten episodes, klutzy bellhop Dennis (Andy Berman). In the course of the series, Jamie and Fancy fell in love, though their romance ran a dizzying gamut of spectacular heights and doleful depths, with numerous breakups, reconciliations, and "outside" affairs for both parties. After a particularly devastating career setback (he had been hired and fired as an opening act for the rap group K-Ci & JoJo), Jamie went to work for Jingles 2000 an ad agency which shipped out commercial jingles at the outset of season four. Here he met a whole new complement of series regulars, including his boss Bob (Blake Clark) and fellow employees Phil (Alex Thomas), Mouse (Suli McCullough), Curtis (Curtis Spencer), and Nicole (Rhona Bennett). Though he'd eventually be sacked at Jingles 2000, he managed to launch a nightclub singing act with Nicole, a professional relationship that became intensely personal by the end of the season. Ultimately choosing Fancy over Nicole, Jamie developed a solo singing act, but at series' end, he had agreed to assume control of King's Tower -- and to finally marry Fancy. Debuting August 28, 1996, The Jamie Foxx Show remained a WB fixture until September 23, 2001.
actor, clerk, dreams-of-success, employer/employee, hotel, show-business