Starz has handed a six episode straight-to-series order to Survivor’s Remorse, a new comedy series which hails from LeBron James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter.
Penned by O’Malley, Survivor’s Remorse explores the complexity, comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand – what truly happens when you make it out. The drama 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.
The comedy series, which has been fast tracked through development, is being eyed for a Q4 2014 launch after Starz pulled out of its co-production agreement with BSkyB for the series originally slated to occupy that slot – the 12 episode drama series Fortitude. Production on Survivor’s Remorse will commence in the coming months in Atlanta, Georgia. Starz will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital.
“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 Mike 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.”
While Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, added: “Mike has infused the world of ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ with humor and heart. 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.”