NBA star LeBron James speaks during a promotional event at a shopping district in Hong Kong as part of his China tour Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
LeBron James made headlines this summer for his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but now he is in the spotlight for his new upcoming TV show “Becoming,” which showcases his childhood and his remarkable rise to fame.
James’ production company, Springhill Productions, has teamed with ESPN and Disney on a TV pilot to showcase the childhood stories of James and other athletes. The show was filmed in Akron and includes interviews from James’ former teammates and coaches, and has rare footage of James playing at St Vincent St. Mary High School, according to The New York Post.
“Becoming” will air at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 on Disney Channel. The goal of the show—and a possible ongoing series which could spring from it—Is to inspire children through telling the athletes’ stories, James said.
“It was the stories about Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders and Allen Iverson that kept me dreaming,” James said in a release. “What I learned was that they had some of the same struggles and challenges I did, it made everything seem possible.”
James and business partner, Maverick Carter, will both serve as executive producers on the show. Also, notable names such as Libby Geist, John Dahl, and Connor Schell from ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series will work on “Becoming,” according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“The show is meant to be aspirational and illustrate how much support and hard work goes into LeBron becoming who he is today,” Schell said.
The Cleveland star will be in front of the camera for the first show, and may help with the creative aspects for future episodes if the pilot turns into a series, according to the Post.