Three years removed from ending its 21-year-run in 2008, the long-running syndicated variety show Showtime At the Apollo is staging a comeback, this time at the home of "Black Star Power," BET. The show's original executive producer, Don Weiner, hooked up Jamie Foxx to finalize a deal for a pilot order which is expected to air as a primetime series on the cable network.
Foxx, who was booed off the Apollo stage early in his career, has come to terms with his past and has embarked on a pretty stellar rise to the top since then. He'll serve as an executive producer alongside Weiner. The cable network channel has ordered that the pilot follow much the same format as its predecessor. Back in the day, amateur upstarts would have their talents booed or applauded, much to the chagrin of the always raucous crowd. It's safe to say that the Sirius XM "Foxxhole" radio host plans on bringing his brand of rambunctiousness back to Harlem.
There's no word when the pilot episode will air on BET. But, still, it is good to see Harlem's own American Idol get some love again.