Netflix commissions Lakers-based comedy series


The Los Angeles Lakers are heading to Netflix.

According to Deadline, Netflix has given the green light for 10 episodes of a new workplace comedy series based on the legendary NBA franchise. The show will be developed by Mindy Kaling and Elaine Ko, and produced in tandem with Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss and Warner Bros TV.

Here’s how Deadline described the show:

“The untitled series is inspired by the personal and professional dynamic between the family owners and the front office team who together run one of the most iconic franchises in all sports: the Los Angeles Lakers. The workplace comedy follows fictional team governor Eliza Reed as she navigates between NBA ownership and family drama with her best friend by her side.

Buss’s close friend and advisor, Linda Rambis, will be a co-producer. Rambis has worked for the Lakers since 1979.

Kaling wrote and performed in “The Office” and “The Mindy Project”. Ko, who will be the showrunner, was a writer and producer on “Modern Family”.

“Mindy Kaling and Elaine Ko are brilliant, accomplished designers and I am thrilled to be a part of this dream team,” Buss wrote on Friday. “I have spoken a number of times about humor playing an important role in my mental health and well-being, so it is natural.”

It’s been a hot time for Lakers IP in pop culture.

Adam McKay spearheads an HBO drama series called “Showtime” (yes, ironically), based on the 1980s Lakers, which is also produced by Warner Bros. The Lakers are not officially involved in the project.

Last month, Hulu commissioned nine-part docuseries on the Lakers franchise since Dr. Jerry Buss bought the team in 1979. The Lakers will be participating in this one.

A feature-length documentary on Magic Johnson is also in the works.

And, of course, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” (produced by Warner Bros.), starring LeBron James and Bugs Bunny, hits theaters and on HBO Max on July 16.

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