LeBron James Developing ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Sitcom for Starz

By September 3, 2013
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Lebron James - Miami Heat

Currently at the top of his game, basketball player LeBron James is coming off his championship-winning season with the Miami Heat; now he’s going to try his hand in the world of television.

USA Today reports James is developing a sitcom called “Survivor’s Remorse” with Starz and Tom Werner, the producer behind classic shows like “Roseanne” and “The Cosby Show,” will act as executive producer along with James’ longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter. So what’s the series about?

The sitcom will follow two men from the streets of Philly who get famous. One is an NBA star like James but the other is not, and the show focuses on how they deal with friends and families in the wake of that success, adjusting to the  feelings of guilt for having made it while other peers are still struggling.

While you might think James is making a semi-autobiographical series, the Carter says, “It’s definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron’s life; it’s fictional characters living in a fictional world. LeBron is actually too famous, he would screw the show up if I tried to make a show about him.” [Editor’s note: how humble of him.]

Lebron James - Dunking

However, we imagine that there will be plenty of biographical elements, much like how “Entourage,” produced by Mark Wahlberg, touched upon some of the actor’s experiences in the entertainment industry along with this circle of friends. Here’s what James says about his feelings on the theme of the show:

“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.

When you make it out, everyone expects for — they automatically think that they made it out and it’s very tough for a young, African-American 18-year-old kid to now hold the responsibility of a whole city, of a whole community. I can relate to that as well.”

James gained famed when he joined the NBA at 18, a dream come true for any teen from the inner-city, though James and Carter are from Ohio. And while what James discusses sounds a bit heavy, Carter says, “Nobody’s getting killed, nobody’s dying from cancer on this show. It’s light-hearted, but its real-life stories.”

Starz isn’t the best place for pay cable shows, though they’ve held their own with series like “Boss” and “Spartacus,” but maybe with this unique sort of tale, James will find success on the small screen as a TV producer. So we could be looking at the next “Entourage.”

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.