Showbusiness Rumors

The first episode of Season 3 of Ballers (yes, I watch it, please stop judging) was kind of lackluster even as far as the HBO show goes but it did include one appearance from Steph Curry, who the cast mentioned was a 2-time MVP about 20 times. Curry, seen in shots with wife Ayesha heading to a plane, had a pretty quick cameo. But it didn’t stop him — and Ayesha — from dropping the names of two brands they support. Which to their credit, fits the show. The show is all about the intersection of sports, money and fame. And The Rock. It’s mostly about The Rock.
Returning the Favor features Mike Rowe (Somebody’s Gotta Do It) as he travels the country searching for people who put their community over themselves and shines a spotlight on their contributions. A recently filmed episode, which Rowe teased on his Facebook page, focuses on a motorcycle mechanic who runs an operation helping vets with PTSD. The second project is a yet-to-be-titled docuseries about the Ball family, whose sons Lonzo, Liangelo and LaMelo have taken the basketball world by storm. Freshman UCLA star Lonzo Ball was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers as their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft last month. Liangelo and LaMelo are stand-outs at Chino Hills High School.
The second project is a yet-to-be-titled docuseries about the Ball family, whose sons Lonzo, Liangelo and LaMelo have taken the basketball world by storm. Freshman UCLA star Lonzo Ball was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers as their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft last month. Liangelo and LaMelo are stand-outs at Chino Hills High School. The number and length of episodes of both series is still to be determined. The expanded push into video began more than a year ago, when Ricky Van Veen moved from IAC to Facebook to become its head of global creative strategy.
LeBron James will help tell a story he’s still shaping. The Cavaliers superstar is teaming with Showtime on a documentary that will examine the modern NBA and the league’s impact on popular culture. James, who has been producing TV and movie projects for several years, will serve as an executive producer with long-time business partner Maverick Carter. The three-part documentary will be directed by filmmaker Gotham Chopra and premiere in 2018.
4 weeks ago via ESPN