Disney’s FX has ordered a brand 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 behavior is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60+ years, Shelly Sterling, and his mistress, V. Stiviano.
The new series will star Laurence Fishburne as former Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers and Jacki Weaver will play Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling’s wife.
“The Sterling Affairs” is written by Gina Welch, who is also an executive producer on the show, along with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force.
The series is based on the ESPN 30 for 30 Podcast of the same name, which was created by Ramona Shelburne, who will also be an executive producer on the show.
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 Producer.
Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, said in a statement:
“Gina Welch has done a tremendous job of adapting this story for FX, showing the historic resolve and grace of Doc Rivers and the Clippers players during this shocking event. Building on Ramona Shelburne’s groundbreaking reporting, Gina, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson delve even deeper into this pivotal moment in modern sports.”
FX Productions is creating the series, so we should expect to see the series available on Hulu in the United States and released as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.
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