AMC is pushing ahead with originals, unveiling a development slate that includes a fictional drama about pro basketball players from former L.A. Laker Rick Fox .
Net will develop an hourlong series about the on- and off-court lives of pro roundballers that Fox and former Warners studio exec Canton will exec produce. Bettina Gilois and Chris Cleveland (“Glory Road”) will write.
Hoops series will center around a fictional pro basketball league, which will give the cabler the creative freedom to depict players as the storylines demand. But the series could still be a thorn in the side of the NBA, which is especially conscious of its image in the wake of a scandal involving a referee who allegedly bet on games.
A call to an NBA spokesman was not returned late Wednesday.
Previous movies and series about pro sports including the Oliver Stone football pic “Any Given Sunday” and embattled ESPN football original “Playmakers” have also used thinly veiled stand-ins for the actual league.
Surely I’m not alone in hoping for a female version of “Juwanna Mann”?