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Bill Bellamy Will Play One-Half of an Interracial Couple in Fox Comedy Pilot

Bill Bellamy Will Play One-Half of an Interracial Couple in Fox Comedy Pilot

Bill Bellamy has booked the male lead in Fox’s untitled Chris Case comedy pilot, which follows interracial couple Jay “Havoc” Hammond (to be played by Bellamy) an African American, ex-NFL lineman who moves in with his white wife Christy (to be played by Becky Newton), and her two sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood.

Bellamy’s character is described as tough, as he tries to move into the broadcasting side of professional sports, after retiring from the NFL. He often clashes with his wife Christy in terms of how her kids should be disciplined, because he feels that she lets them get away with too much.

The pilot hails from writer Chris Case who will also exec produce, alongside Chris Spencer, Evan Silverberg, Daniel Rappaport.

This is an interesting concept for a series – especially in 2016. But of course it all depends on how it’s executed. Although I can’t immediately picture Bill Bellamy as a recently-retired tough NFL lineman. Maybe a wide receiver, since he has the height (he’s 6ft 4), but he lacks the physical size and presence to be a lineman in the NFL. But a minor quibble… 

Malcolm D. Lee who is on board to direct the pilot.

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