LeBron James sells scripted sports medicine drama to NBC
LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment expanded its reach into the television world by selling an scripted sports medicine drama to NBC, per The Hollywood Reporter. It’s the first scripted series sold by the Cleveland Cavaliers star’s production company.
Boosting the legitimacy of the project is the news noted orthopedic/sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews has signed on as a consultant.
The currently untitled drama revolves around “a brilliant doctor who specializes in treating the world’s greatest sports stars.” The character turns to a sports psychologist after experiencing a medical crisis, something that helps him reassess his approach to his profession.
James and longtime business partner Maverick Carter will serve as executive producers on the project.
Other television projects produced by SpringHill Entertainment include “Cleveland Hustle,” a reality series airing on CNBC where entrepreneurs from the Ohio city are given an opportunity to showcase their businesses visions in a bid to revitalize a local neighborhood.
“Survivor’s Remorse” is another SpringHill project. Airing on Starz, the series is loosely based on James’ life. Also tentatively slated as an upcoming project is a long anticipated “Space Jam” sequel, with James reportedly serving as its star.
James last year also signed on to serve as executive producer on an upcoming game show entitled, “The Wall.” Chris Hardwick has been tabbed as another executive producer for the show as well as its host.
In other words, the news that James and his production company have sold its first scripted series merely is the latest indication that the NBA superstar has set his sights on taking over the entertainment world like he did with professional basketball.
Obviously, much has to go well for the show to be ultimately picked up, but selling the series is a significant first step.