Have you ever dealt with the burdens of success?
Do you ever wake up in the night sweating Dom Perignon and feeling guilty about making millions of dollars while your friends toil away in miserable anonymity?
LeBron James understands this struggle, and now he’s making a show about it.
According to the Associated Press, the Miami Heat superstar is collaborating with Starz to produce a sitcom called “Survivor’s Remorse.” The title is in reference to a mental condition that afflicts people who have survived traumatic events in which others perished.
Instead of a car accident or a plane crash, however, James’ sitcom will focus on the guilt of living with fame and stardom around average, everyday people.
James will serve as the executive producer for the show, working alongside business partner Maverick Carter, actor Mike O'Malley and sitcom producer Tom Werner—the man who brought The Cosby Show and Roseanne to the viewing public.
The half-hour show will focus on two people from the inner-city of Philadelphia who rise to stardom and must learn to cope with their new fame. The characters will struggle with money, notoriety and the awkward reality that their best friends are still trying to make ends meet.
"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.
"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."
So there you have it. LeBron James is revamping How to Make It In America with a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air twist.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: This is going to be awful.
However, the presence of Tom Werner on the production bill does add to the project’s allure. The world has yet to see James grab the reins on a television show, but we can hope the man who helped bring us “the sandwich birth” can sprinkle a little magical sitcom dust on this show.
So are we loving it?
Or dying inside?
Either way, James’ “Survivor’s Remorse” is going to add a new chapter to the King’s growing legend.
The real question is, will Alfonso Ribeiro be a member of the cast?
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