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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  17 responses

LeBron James to Executive Produce a TV Sitcom


A couple of years ago, LeBron James dipped a toe into the world of television production, helping to create the animated series “The LeBrons”. James and longtime friend/business partner Maverick Carter are taking an even bigger step this time, executive producing a sitcom about making it out of the projects. Per the AP: “After LeBron James won his second NBA championship this year, he talked about the improbability of his journey — ascending to world fame despite growing up with challenge after challenge in the inner city. Now James plans to explore that theme as part of ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’ a new show he’s developing with Starz. While he won’t star in the half-hour sitcom, he’ll be one of the executive producers of the show, which will explore the lives of two men from the streets who attain fame — one is an NBA star and one is not — and how they deal with friends and families in the wake of that success. ‘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,’ the Miami Heat superstar said in a phone interview last week. ‘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,’ said James, who was 18 when he came to the NBA and is now a 28-year-old veteran. James is developing the show with his longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter; Tom Werner, the producer behind classic shows like ‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Cosby Show’; and actor Mike O’Malley, who will be an executive producer and is the show’s writer. Paul Wachter will also be an executive producer. ‘It’s definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron’s life; it’s fictional characters living in a fictional world,’ said Carter, before adding with a laugh: ‘LeBron is actually too famous, he would screw the show up if I tried to make a show about him.’ The show is based in North Philadelphia instead of Akron, Ohio, where the two are from: ‘More people can relate to it,’ explained Carter of Philadelphia.”

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  • shockexchange

    Kang … leave this ____ alone. That is all.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok, criticism time.

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    “LeBron James dipped a toe into the world of television production”

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    how you gonna hyperlink “dipped a toe” and not link it to the picture of him on the beach with that disastrous left foot?
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    criticism over.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Lebron is going for that billionaire status. Good for him man. Getting involved with different things away from basketball and Nike.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i feel like this is one of those “jay-z executive productions”

  • Anthony

    Completely missed “The Lebrons” annimated series….Must of been under a rock or something when that came out.

  • Ugh

    Is Akron really the inner city projects?

  • bike

    Probably why they made the flick in north Philly (“More people can relate to it,’ explained Carter of Philadelphia.”)

  • berkamore

    If you are trying to beat the Heat, that’s excellent news………….go King, more projects, more distractions, it’s your world, don’t let anybody stop you…..and forget about BBall for awhile. (Jordan’s genius is that he NEVER did)

  • berkamore

    Well said.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Not really. He’s been working out. He’ll be ready. The term “executive producer” means he’ll be basically just giving his opinion on things. He doesn’t have to be there for the day to day work.

    Jordan never forgot about basketball? Where were you when he was playing baseball while he was still in his prime as a basketball player? Where were you when Space Jam was made? Where were you when he starred in a Michael Jackson video…during the playoffs?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Not a distraction for those who think so. Carmelo has a production company and has had it for a few years (produced the Tyson documentary in 08). Hasn’t hurt his game any.

  • berkamore

    I was watching closely and seem to remember that, starting in 1991,he always WON when he played a full season. That’s what “not forgetting about basketball” means.

    And if you remember/know, when MJ was filming Space Jam, he has a court built on the set and he played with NBA guys every day.

    Jordan retired to play baseball. If you are not playing basketball, nobody can a accuse you of not focusing on your basketball job. And last time I checked, people are still free to change jobs if they feel like it………

    Michael Jackson video was filmed…………….during the 1992 playoffs, well, I will let you look up was NBA champ that year.

    I will say that again. Jordan NEVER forgot about basketball in spite of all the other off court stuff. I have yet to see another player with that kind of exposure and that kind of focus.

    We’ll see if LeBron is that guy. I think I came awfully close to losing last year (He should thank Ray Allen a million times) to be distracted. But again, maybe he will silence the doubters again next June.(I doubt it but hey, that’s me)

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    So Jordan filmed the Jam video with Michael Jackson during the playoffs because he knew they were going to win a championship? He doesn’t have to be Jordan and neither does anyone else. No need to compare. LeBron hasn’t forgotten about basketball. He’s been working out since he got back from the Philippines. He’s posted videos showing some of his work. And even if he hadn’t, people know what he does during the offseason to prepare for the season. This summer, it’s been no different. Him signing on to executive produce a TV show hasn’t changed a thing about his offseason. What, do you think he will miss a workout to offer his opinion on the TV show? Will he miss a practice to help write a script?

    He’s won 2 back to back championships…if there are doubters at this point, their opinions are in the minority now. He has nothing to prove to anyone. Just keep winning and moving himself further up the all-time players list. The time for doubters to mean something is over. That was done after they won in 2012. There are always foolish people who say “You can’t do it”. And then when it gets done, they say “You can’t do it again.” Well, he did it again. So now it’s “Well you can’t do it 3 times in a row.” Really fun to laugh at these people. Don’t be one of those people. It’s embarrassing. Most of us just enjoy watching him play and don’t wait to critique every thing the man does…especially at the beginning of September. If we’re being real, we can talk about Jordan’s gambling during the playoffs in 93 in Atlantic City.

    James should also thank himself for those 16 points he scored in the 4th quarter of that Game 6. He put the team in a position to win. Ray Allen hit a big shot…after LeBron hit a big shot himself. If that’s what you really think, a lot of people can thank Robert Horry for saving them.

  • berkamore

    “So Jordan filmed the Jam Video with Michael Jackson during the playoffs because he knew they were going to win a championship?”

    Ok, you kind of lost me with that. I won’t even read the rest of your post because it’s obviously not going to be constructive.

    Freedom of speech is in the constitution and you are entitled to it so carry on. But I don’t have to listen so I won’t.

  • Ugh

    I was more talking about the claim in the press release above that James came from the inner city projects.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    They clearly state it’s not about Lebron James.

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