LeBron James may be on the cusp of his third NBA title right now, but he wants you to know that getting there wasn’t easy. That’s the gist of the Starz sports comedy James is executive producing — the network’s first foray into the genre — but you’d never know it from watching the teaser below.
Flashing statistic after statistic over images of various basketball hoops, “Survivor’s Remorse” looks like it could be a hard-hitting drama taking on the difficult subject of seriously pursuing professional sports as a life choice. It even states the percentage of former players who go bankrupt after five years out of the game is 41 percent, a daunting figure for a lifestyle treated like winning the lottery (though a lot of those people go bankrupt, too).
The only problem? “Survivor’s Remorse” is a comedy. The other EP’s are Tom Werner, who worked on “The Cosby Show” and “That 70’s Show,” and Mike O’Malley from “Shameless” (a newly anointed comedy) and “Glee” (along with newcomers Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter). Starz also describes it as a “half hour scripted comedy” before laying out a synopsis sounding much closer to an hour-long drama.
Read the description and watch the teaser below. With no footage yet of the show, we’ll have to wait to get our first read on the show’s tone. “Survivor’s Remorse” premieres this fall.
From the Starz press release:
“Survivor’s Remorse” is set in the world of professional basketball and explores the comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand – what truly happens when you make it out. The story follows Cam Calloway, a basketball phenom in his early 20’s 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.