There's no question that LeBron James is in the prime of one of the greatest careers the game of basketball has ever seen. The 28-year-old is coming off back-to-back NBA titles with the Miami Heat and back-to-back NBA MVP awards. He's even the reigning two-time ESPY's Best Male Athlete. So, what's next for King James?
Maybe a career in television.
According to Deadline, Starz is currently developing a half-hour scripted comedy series called Survivor's Remorse with James as an executive producer. Joining him in producing will be TV legend Tom Werner who, with Marcy Carsey, produced such shows as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Grounded for Life, That '70s Show and 3rd Rock From the Son. Actor Mike O'Malley (Glee, Justified, Get the Picture) and James' longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter will also serve as producer of the project. O'Malley, who is a producer/writer on Showtime's Shameless, will write for the new Starz program as well.
The series will explore the lives of two young men from the streets of Philadelphia who attain fame and wealth - one as an NBA star - and how they deal with friends, family and success. The title refers to how some professional athletes feel when they "make it out" of a lower-income upbringing and suddenly have to balance their new way of life with the old one they've left behind.
While the premise sets up some interesting drama, producers say the tone of the show will be very light-hearted, possibly in the vein of HBO's Entourage, which also dealt with similar themes and ideas in a fun and entertaining way. James also added that although the story mirrors that of his and Carter's path to success, the show is not autobiographical, but is simply inspired by James' and Carter's experience, much like Entourage was inspired by Mark Wahlberg's first few years in Hollywood.
Said James in the network's official announcement:
“For Maverick and I even to be where we are right now, given where we came from, is kind of hard to believe. I felt like it was a story that needed to be told, and nobody can craft a story like Tom Werner. He has an incredible vision for television and I’m really excited to partner with him and the rest of our team.”
While the show marks James' first time producing television, he has worked with Carter for several years as part of the Fenway Sports Group, for which Werner serves as chairman. Their relationship as friends/business partners and their similar personal stories should at least provide the show with some interesting material to work with.
Of course, it's doubtful that James will be heavily involved with the show's actual production - especially when the 2013-2014 NBA season tips off in late October - but we can certainly expect to see his influence on the finished product if the show gets picked up. If nothing else, it'll be exciting to see what Tom Werner and Mike O'Malley have in store for James' foray into television - which, if we're all being honest, isn't likely to fail - not with the stable of behind-the-scenes juggernauts Survivor's Remorse has.
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We'll pass along more information on Survivor's Remorse as it comes in.