LeBron James bringing his talents to sitcom television
NEW YORK -- 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.
"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 James and Carter are from: "More people can relate to it," explained Carter of Philadelphia.
Still, Werner said the inspiration for the series started in part with conversations he had with Carter, and later James, about their lives.
"I think the juxtaposition of great wealth -- and then you go back to your home in Akron and the neighborhood that you come from -- the chasm is a fairly big one, and I think it's some very interesting story material," he said.
Werner, James and Carter have worked together since 2011. They are part of Fenway Sports Group, and Werner is the chairman of the organization, which combines sports, media and entertainment. Werner said they were "delighted" to bring the show, which is in development but has no firm timetable to air, to Starz.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said the show would be different for the channel; its original programming includes the recently launched "The White Queen."
"It's a contemporary piece, which we've been trying to find," he said. "But mostly it's an opportunity to bring us into a world where guys as producers and a terrifically talented guy as a writer who I think are going to take the audience on an interesting, fun and I would bet funny ride."
However, there will be serious subjects tackled in the show. Werner compared "Survivor's Remorse" to shows like "Roseanne," which dealt with difficult situations with humor interspersed with serious moments.
"Nobody's getting killed, nobody's dying from cancer on this show," Carter said. "It's light-hearted, but it's real-life stories."
James said though it's been years, survivor's remorse is still something he feels.
"I live with that, knowing that I have to hold a huge burden and responsibility that a lot of people cannot even think about," he said.
for the love of fucking Christ! People were talking about him being drafted by the NBA as early as when he was 14 years old but he faced challenges...in Akron
I can't find his extra bone.
Originally Posted by mattzane227