Jerry Bruckheimer & The Rock Cook Up Wresting Drama For NBC

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 2:41 pm,

Get set to relive those days of larger-than-life men in colorful spandex dishing out beatings to one another while orating to throngs of rabid fans. Bruckheimer TV is set to bring the world of ’80s wrestling to NBC – courtesy of the most electrifying man in sports entertainment: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

The yet untitled drama, from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena scribes Brent Fletcher and Seamus Kevin Fahey, will be a wild departure for Bruckheimer TV – known almost entirely for producing procedurals like the former ratings juggernaut CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case and Without a Trace.

Because the series will be more dramatic – and likely more serialized in nature – there will be some high hopes and anxiety regarding its prospects for success, as it will determine the company’s willingness to venture outside a very lucrative comfort zone.

However, given the way Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler resonated with audiences, and given the talent attached to this proposed series,  it doesn’t sound like much of a long shot.

Speaking of the talent involved: for Johnson, this marks his first foray behind the scenes in television, and the involvement of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation star will certainly be one of the biggest draws for the program.

No casting has been announced, but the notion of Johnson and other popular WWE stars (past and present) making appearances is not at all far-fetched. Recently, wrestlers like John Cena and Big Show have been featured in episodes of USA programs like Burn Notice, Psych and Royal Pains, so showing up on NBC wouldn’t take much.

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Will viewers tune in to a drama surrounding this?

The show makes a great deal of sense for NBC. The network has been struggling of late, and having an intriguing, original program that also targets the nostalgic heartstrings of a huge and already-established audience may just be NBC’s ticket out of last place. At any rate, the world of 1980s professional wrestling will be a far cry from mimicry of the 1960s era – a trend which is  set to assault the airwaves this fall in the form of Pan Am and The Playboy Club.

Besides renting out wrestling superstars, NBC can also consolidate their advertising and cross-promote the program with its sibling networks USA and Syfy, which serve as the current home of Vince McMahon’s WWE programs like WWE Smackdown! and Raw.

Bruckhiemer TV has been busy as of late. In addition to landing wrestling at NBC, the company has put pilots in for a Navy SEALs drama at ABC and a mom-turned-state-trooper drama for CBS.

Given Johnson’s increased stardom after this year’s Fast Five, the show could prove to be a high profile acquisition for NBC, so we will keep you posted as the series develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Definitely will give this show a shot. Not big into wrestling anymore and rarely ever watch it but anything with The Rock attached to it makes it “electrifying”.

    • Obviously you didn’t see how The Rock ruined Wrestlemania 27.

      He wanted so much face time, that they ended up cutting most of the matches times down so bad that a few of them were three minute squash matches.

      Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan weren’t very electrifying either.

      • I was at Wrestlemania 27 and if you don’t believe that I can post a video to youtube for you. Anyways I enjoyed The Rock at Wrestlemania. He is a lot better than some of the hacks they have in wrestling today. But to be honest though I wasn’t thinking about Tooth Fairy or The Game Plan this morning when I posted this. I was just thinking in terms of wrestling. Also every actor has a hit or miss movie. You can’t please everyone.

        • You really enjoyed Rock in Wrestle Mania 27? Of course, all the fans there live were big marks for him. But watching it on TV sucked ass, it was really stupid how they had to sacrifice the matches to have him talk about the same things he said over and over again on the TV shows

          • Why have him there as a host if he wasn’t going to talk? You would think it is obvious beforehand. I am not saying it is the greatest Wrestlemania ever by any means but yeah I am a Rock fan. Of the new guys they have today how long do you see many of them sticking around before WWE decides to dump them or they get fed up the company and leave? Then the ones that stick around most of them suck. Ever since WWE bought out WCW and they started that whole brand extension, draft crap with wrestlers to certain shows, general managers, and so on wrestling hasn’t been the same. Most of it just sucks. When Wrestlemania is about to roll around is about the only time I watch it anymore. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this one is mine.

  2. I’m a huge wrestling fan. But I don’t really see this show doing so hot. Most wrestling fans don’t care about what happens behind the scenes or in the wrestlers personal lives. Die-hard fans of the sport that follow what happens in the ring and behind the scenes will love it, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be pure gold in the ratings.

    Time will tell. But I don’t see this show being too great. It’ll probably be along the lines of Mickey Rourkes’ “The Wrestler.” Which we’ve already seen.

  3. If Hulk Hogan is not involved then this is horsesh(t
    And further more if it’s about the 80′s era of wrestling (good wrestling) there is no current WWE star aside from the Bigshow that should participate. All the top guys are pretty fey now days

    • What about Edge, RVD, Rey Mysterio, Sting, The Undertaker, Kane?
      I wouldn’t put them quite up with these guys but CM Punk and The Miz?

      • I like CM Punk and the Undertaker is of that era. He got his start as Mean Marc Callus in the late 80′s
        This is about the golden era of the 80′s though presumably not the modern MTVish Abercrombie Axe body spray model wrestlers Vince loves to push nowdays.

  4. I probably will not tune in and for the record i will say i did not enjoy the Wrestler at all. If the traliers looks interesting i may tune in but hardly doubtful.

  5. Sounds thrilling…Oh wait, no it doesnt.

  6. If they are going to do a show about the rampant drug use and break the “kayfab” rule I don’t see the WWE letting any current people work on the show in any capacity. Vince McMahon has tried to distance himself for all the shady things in the past that has made him rich.

    If it’s like the Wrestler and actually shows how these guys literally killed themselves to entertain people and make guys like Vince rich I would be surprised.

  7. I might give a wrestling show a watch just for giggles, as I used to watch WWF and WCW until they got too hokey. I’d probably also check out a Navy Seals show. Yeah, what the heck, count me in for these.

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