Showtime is developing a one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it, and the network is working with people in the know to make it happen. Bull Durham and White Men Can’t Jump writer-director Ron Shelton is set to pen, helm and executive produce the project, from Lakers exec Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis’ Street Reason Entertainment. Phil Jackson, the former Lakers coach who led them to five NBA titles, will also exec produce as will Kurt Rambis, the former Lakers star and now assistant coach. Buss is a longtime exec with the Lakers and the daughter of former owner Jerry Buss, who died in February after a prolific run with the team that included 10 championships. Jeanie Buss and Jackson are engaged after meeting during his tenure with the team, and are expected to bring their real-life experience working at the family-run NBA franchise to the fictional drama.
Brett Tomberlin of IDW and Ubiquity Studios will also executive produce, as will Brian Gilbert and Andrew Trapani of Nine/8 Entertainment. The project was brokered by Todd Berger of Creative Media. Shelton is repped by Oasis Media Group and attorney Don Steele. Buss, Jackson, Rambis and Tomberlin are repped by Michael Black Management. Nine/8 is repped by Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder.
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Verica has landed the lead in the TBS hourlong comedy pilot Hound Dogs, with Lolita Davidovich and Laura Bell Bundy also cast in the project from feature writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham). Meanwhile, Seinfeld alum Wayne Knight is set as the last lead in the TV Land untitled Mark Reisman comedy pilot.
The Sony Pictures TV-produced Hound Dogs, which Sheldon wrote and will direct, draws from his experience as a baseball player and is set in the world of minor league baseball. It centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its endlessly upbeat general manager (Tom Verica), a gambling addict trying to outrun his past, as they try to handle life’s ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room. Fortitude-repped Davidovich will play the team owner. Bundy will play a sexy bartender/aspiring singer.
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TBS continues its shift to hourlong comedies with the pickup of 2 more one-hour pilots: Hound Dogs and The Wedding Band. Hound Dogs, from feature writer/ director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) and Sony Pictures TV, draws from his experience as a baseball player and is set in the world of minor league baseball. It centers on a minor league team and its general manager as they try to handle life’s ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room. Read More »