LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On StarzOctober 13, 2014

LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On Starz

Rich Paul, left, Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, Mike O'Malley, LeBron James, Carmi Zlotnik (Phil Long/Invision for Starz)

Starz has teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James to create “Survivor’s Remorse,” a comedy based on James’ personal experiences as a basketball phenomenon.

 

 

Karen Civil, Tom Werner, LeBron James, Johnny Manziel and Maverick Carter. (Photo by Phil Long/Invision for Starz Entertainment/AP Images)


 The six episode series follows Boston native Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher (WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL). Cam has just signed a multimillion dollar contract with the unnamed Atlanta basketball franchise. Young and excited, Cam throws down money on a high-rise condo, a truck for his high school coach, and everyday expenses for his uncle, played by Mike Epps (THE HANGOVER III), and sister, played by Erica Ash (SCARY MOVIE 5).

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Cassie (Tichina Arnold), M-Chuck (Erica Ash), Missy (Teyonah Parris), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 The series really picks up when Cam and his cousin/agent Reggie, played by RonReaco Lee (MADEA GOES TO JAIL), are confronted with a scandal that could destroy everything they’ve built. Cam’s mother, played by Tichina Arnold (MARTIN), just before leaving her smaller Boston home to go live with Cam, gives away a bunch of stuff to people in the hood. Marcus, played by Mo McRae (LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER), owes money to some gangsters and comes across a video tape of Cam getting high and spewing racial profanities and an old notebook of Cam’s, filled with sexual drawings.

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Reggie (RonReaco Lee), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 Cam doesn’t want to forget where he came from. Reggie wants him to distance himself from the problems that weigh heavily on Cam’s mind. Cam feels guilty that he can’t solve every issue that someone from his past faces.

This is LeBron James’ second foray into entertainment. The 29-year-old just filmed TRAINWRECK, a comedy directed by Judd Apatow, staring some of Hollywood’s funniest people, is due July 24, 2015. 

 

Along with his super-agent Maverick Carter, who is a producer on “Survivor’s Remorse,” James has plans to become the world’s first billion-dollar athlete. He hosted “Saturday Night Live” in September, 2007 in a fairly funny episode. James has the basketball-side locked up, with multiple MVPs and championships, with more to come. He’s avoided crossing-over into music, but seems to want to to dominate television and movies. Everything he touches on the court turns to gold, a good sign for his entertainment endeavors.

“Survivor’s Remorse” is a sharp, quick-cutting comedy that moves along well.

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Reggie (RonReaco Lee), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


There is no on-court action, only allusions to Cam’s speedy play and fast rise in professional basketball. Usher and Lee provide a nice one-two-punch, and juxtaposition. Cam’s instincts clash with Reggie’s business-sense. Epps and Ash are the vulgar, often over-the-top comic relief. “Survivor’s Remorse” is worth a try, especially knowing that the writing is based off of James’ life, which is going to be fun for fans of LeBron.

 

 

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Max Resetar

 


Max Resetar is a new contributor to On Demand Weekly. He is currently a junior at Eugene Lang College from Queens, New York. He has written for SLAM Magazine. 


 

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