Lakers News: Jeanie Buss’ Next Act(s) – All Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers team owner Jeanie Buss’ much-quoted press tour continues at full speed! She has plenty of new projects to energize, including her new Hulu docuseries with Antoine Fuqua that details the 11 titles LA won under the Buss family, “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers.” The fifth episode of the show will be broadcast this Monday on the streaming platform. But that’s not all.
She sat down for a new conversation with Andrew Wallenstein on Variety’s Strictly commercial podcast.
Check out Buss’ thoughts on the “Legacy” show and the legacy of his father, Dr. Jerry Buss, who bought the club in 1979 and instantly won a title:
“It was important to me to tell my father’s story to a generation now that many have heard his name but didn’t really know what he did to make him so special.”
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She’s developed a new scripted Netflix comedy series with Mindy Kaling that Wallenstein describes as a “thinly-veiled fictional version of her life as a team owner,” which looks… a bit like a next-gen version of “Winning Time.” , “HBO’s hit show about his father’s tenure with the Lakers which, as we all know, is certainly a bit romanticized. Addressing the sitcom’s development process, Buss seems to be unapologetic (or so she says):
“I shared a lot of information with her, things that happened that a writer couldn’t imagine.”
Additionally, through a new deal with Paramount, Buss is set to create a unionized all-female wrestling league, “WOW: Women of Wrestling”. Originally founded in 2000, Buss introduced the league in 2011. This latest incarnation is expected to be the most visible to date. One wonders if the success of Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “GLOW,” a fictional comedy-drama about 1980s women’s wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, played a role in Buss’ interest in advancing the project now.
“Now we finally have the right partner, who will give us the exposure we desperately needed to show that women can grab the ratings, that women can be center stage.”
While, of course, we at All Lakers have been religiously scrutinizing the “Legacy” series, we have to admit we’re almost as intrigued by the prospect of this new wrestling league. This could be a great opportunity for Buss to expand his empire and shine a light on fun sports-centric, female-centric storytelling. “WOW” will air on September 17.