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Redd Foxx Returns in New TV Show

Magazine article Ebony

Redd Foxx Returns in New TV Show

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REDD Foxx, the star whose name brings together the most famous pair of four-letter words in comedy, is back on television.

The veteran comedian, who played America's favorite junkman in the hit series, Sanford and Son, takes center stage in CBS' new sitcom, The Royal Family, ending a five-year hiatus from television.

Created by Eddie Murphy, the sitcom pairs Foxx as Alphonso Royal, an Atlanta mailman, with Della Reese, who plays his wife, Victoria. The two stars trade barbs, come-ons and quips in a steady, rapid-fire fashion. Foxx has even come up with a new phrase that hints at profanity while pleasing the censors-"muthafather. "

Foxx put his stamp on the program by suggesting a change in the show's original title, a change that played off his old television trademark heart attack. "They had an idea called Chest Pains, "' he says. "But that sounded too much like Fred Sanford."

While the show's initial reviews have been favorable, Foxx is taking a wait-and-see attitude to what many think will be his triumphant return to the tube.."Well it feels good that I'm going back [on television]," Foxx says. "But, I don't know what's going to be happening. It's been so long. Twenty years is a long time to wait."

At 68, Foxx has good reason to be cautious. He knows how fickle the fame and fortune of stardom can be.

Born in St. Louis, Jon Elroy Sanford knew at a very young age that he wanted to be in show business.

His first break came in 1955 when his first party album, Laff of the Party, became a smash hit. …

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