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Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
CBS taps Tim Tebow to host Million Dollar Mile, a LeBron James-produced obstacle course reality competition
The Heisman Trophy-winning former quarterback (and current Minor League baseball player) will be joined by sports announcer Matt “Money” Smith and ESPN's Maria Taylor on Million Dollar Mile, which will give contestants a chance to win $1 million by competing on one of the most difficult obstacle courses ever created. “Watching good people compete at their highest ability is always inspirational to me,” says Tebow. “Million Dollar Mile is a show that does just that – it motivates, thrills, and is aspirational and I’m excited to be hosting this show.”
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 7:07PM EDT
LeBron James drops the official trailer for Showtime's Shut Up and Dribble
The three-part documentary series on the intersection of sports and politics, narrated by Jemele Hill, premiered on Nov. 3.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
"LeBronsomnia": East Coast viewers are finding it hard to stay awake for the NBA's two most popular teams, the Lakers and Warriors
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers play 65 games this season that start at 10:30 p.m. ET or later. LeBron James' debut with the Lakers started at 10:48 p.m. ET last Thursday. "By the time the second half began, it was already Friday," writes Ben Cohen. "When the fourth quarter was finally over, most of the country was snoring ... It was 1:16 a.m. in New York, 7:16 a.m. in Barcelona and 1:16 p.m. in Beijing. It’s now less exhausting to watch the most exciting parts of the most exciting NBA games from Europe and Asia than a huge chunk of the United States."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
How can Jemele Hill write about sports and politics objectively when she's working on TV shows with LeBron James?
The former ESPN personality joined The Atlantic on Monday as a staff writer who will cover the intersection of sports, race and politics. Yet as Deadspin points out, Hill writing about sports now present many conflicts. In addition to narrating LeBron James' Shut Up and Dribble Showtime documentary, Hill is working with the NBA superstar on a potential sports and politics show. Hill and her friend Kelley Carter are also preparing to sell a sitcom idea to Sony based on their friendship in collaboration with Gabrielle Union, who is married to the NBA superstar Dwyane Wade. Deadspin asked Hill about the conflicts. To which she responded: "You’re asking the question — which is a fair one — about whether or not there’s a conflict of interest because I’m developing a content relationship with LeBron and his production partners. My response is that this is a different media age, where developing content with athletes is more acceptable and content buyers see it as a unique way to partner credibility with authenticity."
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
Watch a sneak peak of LeBron James' Shut Up and Dribble
Showtime has released a short clip of the three-part Jemele Hill-narrated documentary, premiering Nov. 3, featuring the NBA champions Chicago Bulls visiting then-President George H.W. Bush at the White House.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
LeBron James is one of Ozark's biggest fans
The NBA superstar and Hollywood mogul tweeted his appreciation for the Netflix drama on Saturday: "Man I can’t wait for Season 3 of #OZARK!! @batemanjason is incredible as well as the rest of the family Laura Linney @SofiaHublitz @skylargaertner 'The Byrde’s'. Also love 'Ruth' played by Julia Garner. She’s a gangsta! Great cast all around period!!" Jason Bateman responded within half an hour: "I'm glad I was sitting when I saw this. My day is made. Or, month. Thanks, King."
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Jemele Hill to narrate LeBron James' Showtime docuseries Shut Up and Dribble
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The NBA star tweeted that the recently departed former ESPN star "is perfect for it!! Let’s get it JH!" Hill will narrate the three-part documentary series on the intersection of athletes and politics. “I think LeBron, like a lot of people, has been very frustrated by the behavior of this administration,” Hill tells The Hollywood Reporter. “(Black Americans) feel very insulted and vulnerable within this time because of who’s in charge.”
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
LeBron James and John Legend to produce a female-led CW series based on the movie Lean on Me
The Lean on Me series will focus on a spirited young black teacher who becomes the principal of a public high school in the NBA superstar's hometown of Akron, Ohio. The 1989 movie Lean on Me starred Morgan Freeman in the principal role.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
NBC developing a comedy inspired by NBA star Ben Simmons' life from producer LeBron James
Brotherly Life is based on the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year's unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Don't believe the hype that LeBron James' The Shop is "unfiltered" with "honest" opinions
The HBO barbershop talk show has been described as a "rare, unfiltered glimpse" into the NBA superstar's mind. But James has previously expressed the views he presented on the show, but without the profanity. What The Shop actually aims to do, says Billy Haisley, is bolster LeBron's brand. "The point here isn’t that the things LeBron and Co. say in The Shop are insincere or fake or anything of the sort," he says. "It’s probably safe to say that LeBron does genuinely hold all the beliefs he espoused on Tuesday’s episode, and some of the tidbits revealed there—LeBron’s regret about naming his son after him out of concern that he’s saddled his son with a legacy that’s impossible to live up to; Odell Beckham’s likening of his own fame to a lion’s life in a zoo—were genuinely interesting snapshots of these people’s incredibly fascinating lives. Rather, the point is that the things said in The Shop are calculated, risk-free, decidedly filtered, stated for the predominate purpose of bolstering LeBron’s brand. It’s to position LeBron as a bold truth-teller without him having to actually tell any bold truths. And it should be treated as such."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
LeBron James' The Shop on HBO is an unfiltered glimpse of the black experience in present-day America
The barbershop-set talk show, which premiered this week, "lovingly seizes the aura and aesthetics of the barbershop, historically a revered safe space and bastion of unbridled camaraderie in the black community," says Derreck Johnson. "No topic is off-limits within these walls. The shop itself is almost a cast member. It’s not just a place to get a shave and a haircut. A barbershop worth its weight in sheen oil can shape-shift into a local news outlet, therapy session, flea market, comedy club, or soapbox during any given day. For the pilot episode of The Shop, LeBron pulls no punches while he discusses the struggles of being a black man in America, even for someone of his stature."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
LeBron James is producing a slew of TV shows
Source: The Big Lead
CBS' announcement this morning that it is teaming with the NBA superstar on the competition series Million Dollar Mile begs the question: Just how many shows is LeBron James capable of producing? His TV projects announced in the past few months include his HBO talk show The Shop, History channel Civil Rights Movement docuseries Rise Up: The Movement That Changed America, HBO documentary Student Athlete, The Octavia Spencer-starring Netflix limited series about Madam C.J. Walker, an inspirational high school basketball docuseries for YouTube, the Showtime docuseries Shut Up and Dribble, Facebook Watch reality show Do Or Dare, Starz's Warriors of Liberty City, A sports assistant comedy series for CBS, ABC's White Dave comedy series, an HBO sneaker store sitcom and an HBO Muhammad Ali documentary.
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Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
CBS orders LeBron James-produced competition series Million Dollar Mile
The NBA superstar will join Big Brother boss Allison Grodner in producing the competition series that will shut down the streets of a major city for a Million Dollar Mile course. CBS calls it a "high-stakes competition series that challenges everyday athletes’ physical and mental toughness like never before with an opportunity to change their lives forever.”
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Showtime orders LeBron James-produced Shut Up and Dribble docuseries on athlete activism
James is using Fox News host Laura Ingraham's infamous insult as the title for his three-part docuseries that takes “a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA.”
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 4:52PM EDT
CNN trolls President Trump over LeBron James interview: "Sounds like @FLOTUS had the remote last night"
The president was apparently watching CNN's Don Lemon interview the NBA legend late last night when he decided to attack their intelligence, tweeting that James was "just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do." CNN's PR Twitter account responded by using Melania Trump's #BeBest slogan: "Sounds like @FLOTUS had the remote last night. We hope you both saw the incredible work of @KingJames. #BeBest." That prompted First lady spokesperson Stephanie Grisham to tweet: "#BeBest is a sincere campaign meant to help children. Not something for @CNN to use to mock @POTUS." ALSO: Don Lemon hit back at President Trump for calling him dumb, also invoking Melania Trump's slogan: "Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest."