Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Starz Gives Series Order to Comedy 'Survivor's Remorse' Written by Mike O'Malley & Executive Produced by LeBron James

Today, Starz announced the pickup of Survivor's Remorse, a half-hour scripted comedy series from LeBron James, Tom Werner, Mike O'Malley, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter. Mike O'Malley - who serves as a writer for Showtime's Shameless and was Emmy nominated for his role on FOX's Glee - will serve as executive producer and writer.

The series had been fast-tracked in development - after Starz pulled out of co-produce the Sky Atlantic drama series Fortitude in December - and will debut its six episode first season in the fall of 2014.

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.

"Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I've wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball," said O'Malley. "Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron. Tom's legendary TV career and his experiences as a professional sports owner combined with Paul's wealth of business and entertainment industry relationships have given this team a truly strong foundation to build a successful series."

"Mike has infused the world of Survivor's Remorse with humor and heart," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "Along with LeBron, Maverick, Tom and Paul, we feel we really have an all-star team to capture the complexity and comedy inherent to this series."

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 star 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.

The series will begin production in Atlanta, Georgia shortly.