The premium cable channel STARZ has quickly become a favorite amongst African American households with the premier and weekly airing of the Courtney Kemp Agboh created drama series, "Power (Season 1)," starring Omari Hardwick and Curtis Jackson (rapper 50 Cent.) While there has been no official announcement on the air date for Season 2, STARZ has released a trailer for a new show that may add even more viewers by this Fall, with the premiere of "Survivor's Remorse," a half hour comedy series from NBA star Lebron James, as reported by IndieWire on Wednesday Aug. 6.
Lebron James is succeeding Curtis Jackson in his effort to bring great television programming to every household and has linked with STARZ as the medium to do so. In true James fashion, the upcoming television series revolves around what he is known for most - a good game of basketball.
The premise of the show "is set in the world of professional basketball and follows Cam Calloway, a basketball phenom in his early 20’s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta," as reported by Indie Wire. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie and a group of supporting characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.
The lead role of "Cam Calloway" will be played by Jessie T. Usher, who also starred as "Lyle Hugginson" in the Cartoon Network film "Level Up." Ron Reaco Lee, who co-starred on the 90s sitcom "Sister Sister"and played Jamal Woodson on BET's "Let's Stay Together," takes on the role of Cam's cousin "Reggie."
Both Lebron James and Curtis Jackson have settled into the role of Executive Producer over both of their individual projects. Although James will have a tough act to follow with the extreme success of "Power." An article published on Buzzfeed states "in its first season, the show had the highest concentration of African-American viewers since The Wire. Also notable: Those two series are the only scripted shows on premium cable since 2006 with audiences that are more than 50% black."
Is STARZ headed in a new direction by bringing in a larger number of African American viewers with new shows such as these? It seems that way. "Power" has been renewed for a second season and "Survivor's Remorse" will air this Fall on Oct. 4. The series will also star Tichina Arnold and comedian/actor Mike Epps.