While HBO and Showtime continue to focus on prestige programming, fellow premium channel Starz has gone in another path, bringing in blockbuster movie talent like David Goyer and Michael Bay to create historical fantasies and pirate action shows and working with more unexpected names like Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, whose NYC nightclub drama “Power” will premiere in an eight-episode first season in 2014.
The channel’s newest project in development is executive produced by Miami Heat forward LeBron James. The half-hour scripted comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse” will explore the humor and drama that comes with making it out. The potential series will focus on two cousins, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn, who have gone from growing in a tough north Philadelphia neighborhood on to fame and fortune, though that success has come with challenges and, sometimes, a feeling of guilt for having “made it.”
Boston Red Sox chairman and “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne” producer Tom Werner will EP the series alongside James, James’ manager Maverick Carter, Paul Wachter and actor/writer Mike O’Malley (one of the stars of NBC’s new fall sitcom “Welcome to the Family”).
“I have a deep passion for the amazing television being created right now,” said James in the announcement. “I love ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Magic City,’ ‘Scandal’ and ’24.’ When my business partners Tom Werner and Maverick Carter brought up the idea of creating a television series that would capture the story of what happens when you make it out, I jumped at the chance. For Maverick and I even to be where we are right now, given where we came from, is kind of hard to believe. I felt like it was a story that needed to be told, and nobody can craft a story like Tom Werner. He has an incredible vision for television and I’m really excited to partner with him and the rest of our team.”