Lebron James is to join forces with Red Sox chairman Tom Werner to develop cable TV sitcom for Starz
After the success of winning his second NBA championship, Lebron James has decided to begin a new venture and team up with cable network channel Starz to become executive producer of a new sitcom called Survivors Remorse.
The 30 minute show will follow two cousins who escape a life of poverty in the tough streets of Philadelphia for a chance of fame and fortune. The sitcom will follow the two cousins as they, according to the New York Daily News "become successful and occasionally find themselves looking back with pangs of guilt".
Lebron James's personal journey is well documented as he grew up in an impoverished home, being raised by his 16 year old mom in several neighbourhoods of Akron, Ohio. James understands more than most the challenges that are faced accending to great heights of fame, as he has felt the strain of fame and the backlash of the public, most notably the criticism he received for conducting the TV special, 'The Decision'. [link]
The NBA all-star has been in business with producer Tom Werner, who is also working on the series, since 2011 when they partnered together with Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrech, expressed his delight as "everyone involved brings something unique to the table - from Tom Werner's legendary television success to LeBron's extraordinary life experiences and point of view".
The three time MVP, in a phone interview with ESPN discussed his own experiences growing up, "I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you're not supposed to. You're supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city -- [and] being one of the few to make it out and everyone looking at you to be the savior".
Starz partnership with Lebron James brings a credibility to the sitcom as he was raised in the challenges of the inner city, and although it is set to be a comedy, the sitcom will engage serious situations.
Starz have not stated when the series will be airing.
Lebron James jsut recently won his second NBA Championship with the Miami Heat