Starz green lights basketball drama from LeBron James, Tom Werner

Michelle Clancy | 07-02-2014

Starz has agreed to produce Survivor's Remorse, a half-hour scripted comedy series from NBA star LeBron James and his manager Maverick Carter, legendary TV producer (and Liverpool Football Club and Boston Red Sox chairman) Tom Werner, and investment advisor Paul Wachter.

Mike O'Malley, who in addition to being a consulting producer and writer on Shameless is also an Emmy-nominated actor for his role on Glee, will serve as executive producer and writer. The series was fast-tracked in development and will debut its six-episode first season in the fall of 2014 on the premium cable network.

Survivors Remorse is set in the world of professional basketball. The story follows Cam Calloway, a basketball phenomenon in his early 20s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, move to Georgia to start Cam's journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

"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," said O'Malley. "Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron. Tom's legendary TV career and his experiences as a professional sports owner combined with Paul's wealth of business and entertainment industry relationships have given this team a truly strong foundation to build a successful series."

Starz will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital.