The recent cable drama boom has been completely lacking in team sports-related shows, but that may be about to change. According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO is developing a comedy/drama described as an “unflinching behind-the-scenes look at a professional basketball team.” The talent behind the untitled project includes writer Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can”) and uber-producer Gavin Polone.
This could be decent, although as Vulture pointed out earlier this month, there’s a long, long history of intriguing-sounding projects that HBO abandoned before airing them. Plus, fictionalized sports shows can be dicey- remember ESPN’s Playmakers?
FX three years ago announced it was developing an intriguing-sounding, Don Cheadle-produced show called March to Madness– which sounded like The Shield, only set in a corrupt college basketball program- but nothing ever came of it.
The biggest challenge, for the HBO basketball show? It may be finding at least five actors who are tall enough to make believable basketball players. Might we see the return of Shaquille O’Neal, actor?