LeBron James is so powerful that he has shows on two different premium cable networks. He has the upcoming HBO talk show The Shop coming later this month, and on Monday Showtime announced a James-produced documentary limited series called Shut Up and Dribble about the cultural and political evolution of NBA athletes, who are some of the most influential people in America whether they like it or not.
The three-part Shut Up and Dribble is produced by the Los Angeles Lakers star and his business partner Maverick Carter and directed by Gotham Chopra. The title is what conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said James should do after he criticized President Trump in February, and that controversy frames the story of how NBA players grew into their roles as cultural icons off the court and pushed for social change. The docuseries was made before James opened his school for at-risk children and Trump called him stupid, but both of those events prove James' point about athletes' role in society.
Showtime also announced a four-part documentary from Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney and Oscar nominee Jed Rothstein with the working title Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI about the long history of conflict between presidents and the Bureau, from Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover to Donald Trump and James Comey.
Shut Up and Dribble will premiere in October. Enemies will premiere Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8/7c.
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