LeBron James to Be Executive Producer of Cable Series

NBA icon LeBron James will executive-produce a series for the Starz cable network that chronicles what two friends experience when one of them becomes extremely successful.  

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Miami Heat star LeBron James, in conjunction with Tom Werner, a producer for The Cosby Show and Roseanne, will executive-produce a series for the Starz cable network, according to Black Enterprise. The sitcom, tentatively titled Survivor's Remorse, will chronicle what two friends experience when one of them becomes extremely successful, as happened to James.

The series will reportedly be set in Philadelphia.

Starz produces original programming such as The White Queen and Magic City. James told the Associated Press why he thinks the series will make for compelling television.

“I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you’re not supposed to. You’re supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city -- [and] being one of the few to make it out and everyone looking at you to be the savior,” James said.

“When you make it out, everyone expects -- they automatically think that they made it out and it’s very tough for a young, African-American 18-year-old kid to now hold the responsibility of a whole city, of a whole community. I can relate to that as well.”

Read more at Black Enterprise and ABC News.

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