Norman Lear Enters the HBO Ring
Legendary producer is developing a show about pro wrestling
Lear is working with writer Aaron Blitzstein on the project, which is tentatively titled "Everybody Hurts," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will revolve around a family that runs a professional wrestling outfit in New York, while also looking at their stable of grapplers and fans.
"Pro wrestling is a pretty fair reflection of good and evil in our culture," Lear tells the trade paper.
Blitzstein was a marketing executive for World Championship Wrestling prior to working as a writer on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Riches," among other shows, and says he's been a wrestling fan since he was a kid. "Everybody Hurts" will explore the days when pro wrestling was more reliant on live shows and mid-level promoters rather than the TV-driven spectacle it is today.
The project will be the first time Lear has collaborated with HBO. The four-time Emmy winner produced such classic comedies as "All in the Family," "Good Times" and "Sanford and Son" in the 1970s. NBC announced last year that it was developing a show with Lear, but the project didn't go forward.