FX has announced an order for the limited series, The Sterling Affairs, with Laurence Fishburne and Jacki Weaver to star.
It will follow the fallout when the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was forced to sell the team in 2014 after racist remarks were uncovered that brought to light a history of problematic behavior.
The series will follow the team’s journey as they deal with the aftermath of Sterling’s public downfall and their response on the court as they enter the NBA playoffs.
Laurence Fishburne has signed on to star as former Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers, and Jacki Weaver will play Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling’s wife.
Here is the official description of the limited series:
‘The Sterling Affairs’ tells the behind the scenes story of Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers’ quest to bring a championship to one of the historically worst franchises in all of sports during the impending downfall of the team’s owner, Donald Sterling, whose notoriously racist behavior is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60+ years, Shelly Sterling, and his mistress, V. Stiviano.
The series is written by Gina Welch and is based on the 30 for 30 Podcast The Sterling Affairs, which chronicled Sterling’s downfall.
'The Sterling Affairs' will be executive produced by Welch ('Under the Banner of Heaven,' 'Castle Rock'), Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson of Color Force ('American Crime Story,' 'Pose'), and Ramona Shelburne.
Kevin Bray will direct the first few episodes and will serve as an executive producer on those episodes. Nellie Reed of Color Force and Rembert Browne will serve as Producer. The series will be produced by FX Productions.
Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX on the announcement of The Sterling Affairs limited series:
“Gina Welch has done a tremendous job of adapting this story for FX, showing the historic resolve and grace of Doc Rivers and the Clippers players during this shocking event. Building on Ramona Shelburne’s groundbreaking reporting, Gina, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson delve even deeper into this pivotal moment in modern sports.”