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Kevin Hart, ‘Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City’
The Men’s Fitness cover star has had quite the year—Hart starred in box-office hits Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson and Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube—plus an upcoming stand-up comedy special, Kevin Hart: What Now?, which features Hart in his hilarious performance at Lincoln Financial Field, the first time a comedian has played to a sold-out NFL stadium.
Now, he’s making the move into TV.
Hart is producing and starring in Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City, which will feature the one-man entertainment dynamo as he travels around the United States and explores the stand-up comedy scenes in cities like Washington D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, and Miami. The eight-episode Comedy Central series, set to debut on October 2, 2016, will give Hart the chance to show off his deep knowledge of the comedy industry and some of his favorite venues from around the country.
Hart also is producing a still-untitled show for the network that will feature up-and-coming stand-up comedians. There’s also his badass Jumani sequel with Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas coming up in 2017.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, ‘Muscle Beach’
Johnson is the highest-paid actor in the world, so it’s only fitting that the muscle-bound star of Fast 8 and the upcoming Jumanji sequel is bringing a new series to television. Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions company are developing Muscle Beach, a 1980s-set hourlong drama for USA Network that centers on a wild group of bodybuilders trying to make a living in Venice Beach. The series will take a look at the “body-obsessed fitness movement that took the nation by storm” during the decade and that likely means plenty of dumbbells, squat racks, and tank tops as the characters navigate the “very crazy time” in California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Pump’
There’s room for more than one fitness-related show on television—Arnold Schwarzenegger is producing Pump, an eight-episode drama based on his previous exploits as a championship bodybuilder. The hourlong series is set in the 1970s and will follow “a small group of bodybuilders who birthed the physical fitness industry and body worship, in the Pacific Avenue beachfront gym that was their temple.”
Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Olympia title seven times when he was competing in his younger years, and he still frequents the Gold’s Gym location in Venice Beach that the series will partially be based on. “I knew from our first brainstorming session that Pump would be a hit,” said Schwarzenegger in a statement. “The 70’s were such a colorful, transformational time, for me and for our entire country. I look forward to bringing that color to people’s living rooms with the fantastic, deep characters and the multi-layered story lines of Pump.”
Vin Diesel, ‘First Responders’
The Fast 8 star and former Men’s Fitness cover man is taking a crack at the television world with a new NBC show titled First Responders. The dramatic series will follow an “elite team” of young veterans who are part of one of the best Search and Rescue operations in the nation. The action-packed, hour-long show will follow the Doc and Lil Pierce, a married couple who runs the team and provides a home base for their crew on the Southern California coast. Apart from the week-in and week-out rescue stories, the show will also track the couple as they try and find their missing son. Diesel is executive producing the series, while Brad Peyton (who directed Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas) will helm the pilot.
LeBron James, Sports Medical Drama
The Cleveland Cavaliers star has already shown off his acting chops in a scene-stealing turn in the movie Trainwreck, playing a fictionalized version of himself, plus success as a producer with his well-reviewed Starz show Survivor’s Remorse, and his upcoming CNBC series Cleveland Hustles with media mastermind B. Bonin Bough.
The next step for James is a scripted project at NBC: an untitled medical drama that centers on “a doctor who specializes in treating the world’s top athletes.” James will executive produce the series, while Dr. James Andrews—the uber-surgeon who has operated on star players like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Alex Smith, Mariano Rivera, Allen Iverson, and Peyton Manning—will be a consultant on the show, according to The Wrap. This show has the chance to offer audiences a unique view of athletes through a medical lens, just as Johnson’s HBO show Ballers does with the financial side of the industry.
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