Lebron James to executive produce Hoops, a WNBA and NCCA inspired drama series for NBC. The series will center around a former WNBA star who winds up becoming the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team.
Via Hollywood Reporter:
LeBron James is taking a shot at a basketball drama for NBC.
The network has handed out a script-plus-penalty commitment to Hoops, an hourlong drama exec produced by new L.A. Laker James and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions.
Written by Jennifer Cecil (Notorious, Heartbeat), Hoops revolves around Stevie Decker, who, after years on the road as both a star player and coach in the WNBA, jumps at the chance to return to her alma mater to become the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team. But her homecoming isn’t easy, as her career has taken a toll on her family and the school she loves is embroiled in a sex scandal involving her mentor, a legendary former coach.
Cecil will exec produce the drama alongside James and his SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter.
Hoops marks James’ latest foray into television. The NBA superstar is readying a scripted drama about Madam C.J. Walker for Netflix, an HBO doc on Muhammad Ali, an NBA doc film series for Showtime, Best Shot for YouTube and Warriors of Liberty City for Starz. Those join a rapidly growing feature slate as James continues to take advantage of his newfound proximity to Hollywood. James is also teaming with NBC on Brotherly Love, a sitcom inspired by the life of 76ers rookie of the year Ben Simmons.