An Oral History of the ‘Coming to America’ TV Show You Never Knew About

A white-hot Black comedian. An old-guard White showrunner. What could go wrong? Everything.

Photo illustration. Source: Paramount Pictures

In 1987, Eddie Murphy was Hollywood’s Golden Child. He possessed a Midas touch that could pull a hundred Ms out of the box office with “a piece of shit.” (The cinematic turd Eddie referred to…