Disney’s FX is developing a new six-episode limited series, “The Sterling Affairs”, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers’ quest to bring a championship to one of the historically worst franchises in all of sports during the impending downfall of the team’s owner, Donald Sterling, whose notoriously racist behaviour is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60+ years, Shelly Sterling, and his mistress, V. Stiviano.
The series will star Laurence Fishburne and Jacki Weaver, along with Cleopatra Coleman, Kelly AuCoin, Austin Scott, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Sheldon “Shel” Bailey, Sarunas J. Jackson and Charlie McElveen.
The “Sterling Affairs” is written by Gina Welch and based on the ESPN 30 for 30 Podcast of the same name, which was reported and hosted by Ramona Shelburne.
Deadline has revealed seven actors who have joined the cast of the limited series.
- Harriet Samson Harris (Hacks)
- Corbin Bernsen (City On a Hill)
- Yvonna Pearson (Dynasty)
- Jock McKissic (Your Honor)
- Darryl Wesley (This Is Us)
- Rich Sommer (Minx)
- Clifton Davis (Billions)
In the new show, Bernsen portrays Pierce O’Donnell, Pearson plays Deja, McKissic portrays Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Wesley is Jamal Crawford, Harris plays Justine, Sommer portrays Seth Burton, and Davis plays Elgin Baylor.
The “Sterling Affairs” will be executive produced by Welch (Under the Banner of Heaven, Castle Rock), Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (American Crime Story, Pose) and Shelburne. Kevin Bray will direct the first block and serve as an executive producer on those episodes. Nellie Reed of Color Force and Rembert Browne will serve as Producers. The series will be produced by FX Productions.
No release date has yet been announced for the series, but expect it to be released on Hulu in the United States and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.