Friday, July 31, 2015

New Philly-based sitcom from...LeBron James?

The roundball superstar is producing a cable comedy

New Philly-based sitcom from…LeBron James?

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FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, LeBron James accepts the award for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards at Nokia Theater, in Los Angeles. James is joining forces with Starz and the man behind classic shows like ìThe Cosby Showî to create a sitcom that will touch on something he knows a lot about _ ìSurvivorís Remorse.î (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, LeBron James accepts the award for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards at Nokia Theater, in Los Angeles. James is joining forces with Starz and the man behind classic shows like ìThe Cosby Showî to create a sitcom that will touch on something he knows a lot about _ ìSurvivorís Remorse.î (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File) John Shearer/Invision/AP

You read that right: King James of the Miami Heat is executive producing a new sitcom for the pay cable channel Starz. It’s called Survivor’s Remorse.

OK, that doesn’t scream funny. Neither does the premise: two childhood friends who grew up in North Philadelphia make it out and up. But after they hit it big -- Cam Calloway in the NBA, Reggie Vaughn in business -- they find there’s still a lot of Philly street in them. And they can’t stop thinking about the people they left behind. Mainly because a lot of them are still making demands on their money and time.

James is working on the project with his business partner Maverick Carter, financial advisor Paul Wachter and some seasoned sitcom hands: Tom Werner who brought you The Cosby Show and Roseanne (and is also an owner of the Boston Red Sox) and Mike O’Malley, actor (Glee) turned executive producer.

Stay tuned.


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