Starz Orders Bastkeball Comedy Series From LeBron James
After trying his hand at acting by making a cameo appearance on HBO's "Entourage", LeBron James is now branching out by producing a TV series. "Survivor's Remorse", which he executive produces with Mike O'Malley, Tom Werner, James' manager Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter, has been picked up to series by Starz.
According to Deadline, the half-hour scripted comedy series has received 6-episode series order. The show is set in the world of professional basketball and follows Cam Calloway after he signs a multi-million dollar contract with an NBA team in Atlanta and is subsequently thrown into the limelight.
Cam and his cousin/confidant Reggie Vaughn move to Georgia to start Cam's journey to success. The two now must confront the challenges of helping opportunistic family members as well as the impoverished community they come from.
O'Malley ("Glee", "Shameless") will also write the project, which reportedly has been put in a fast track. "Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I've wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball," O'Malley says. "Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron."
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht adds, "Mike has infused the world of 'Survivor's Remorse' with humor and heart. Along with LeBron, Maverick, Tom and Paul, we feel we really have an all-star team to capture the complexity and comedy inherent to this series." The show is expected to debut next fall.
On another network, ABC, "The Astronaut Wives Club" from "Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage has been ordered to series. Based on Lily Koppel's novel, the period drama tells "the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race."
Ten episodes of the 1960s-set drama will air this summer. Savage will pen the script and serve as executive producer along with Josh Schwartz and Len Goldstein.
CBS, meanwhile, has just ordered a pilot to an untitled drama from executive producer John Cusack. It is set in the world of Wall Street power and money and is based on an original story from Taylor Elmore ("Justified"), Ben Cavell, Cusack and Kevin McCabe. Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are on board as executive producers as well.
The network has also given a pilot order to an untitled family medical drama from "Brothers & Sisters" executive producer David Marshall Grant. It is described as a soapy medical show centered around quadruplets, three brothers and a sister, who grew up on a reality show.
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