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FX Orders ‘Sterling Affairs’ Limited Series

FX has ordered a new limited series titled “Sterling Affairs based on the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast.  The project will star Laurence Fishburne and Jacki Weaver.

“Sterling Affairs” will consist of six episodes and tells the behind the scenes story of Doc Rivers (Fishburne) 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 (Weaver), and his mistress, V. Stiviano.

Kevin Bray will direct the first block of episodes and serve as an executive producer on those episodes.

Gina Welch serves as writer and executive producer on the series. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force also executive produce along with Color Force’s Nellie Reed. Ramona Shelburne, the reporter and host behind the original podcast, will executive produce as well.  Rembert Browne is also a producer.

FX Productions will produce.

“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,” said Nick Grad, president of original programming for FX. “Building on Ramona Shelburne’s groundbreaking reporting, Gina, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson delve even deeper into this pivotal moment in modern sports.”

Fishburne’s credits include the original Matrix trilogy, Boyz n the Hood, The Color Purple, Mystic River and more.

Weaver’s recent TV credits include Yellowstone, Bloom, and Perpetual Grace Ltd.

Source: Variety

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