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12/10/14 - 5/27/15
previously in development (2015-2016 season)
ordered to pilot
network passed on 5/8/15
(from ABC's press release, March 2015) Jason Bloomberg (Skylar Astin, Pitch Perfect) graduated college a couple years ago and lives in his parents' basement. He still pines for ex-girlfriend, Bridget, who he followed to Africa with the Peace Corps. His Dad, Bob (Matthew Glave), wants him to give up on Bridget, quit his part time teaching, find a real job and move out... like now. But, his mom, Bonnie (Jami Gertz), still does his laundry and is happy to have her son at home. Jason is teaching the African language Lingala which usually doesn't open too many doors, but that's not the case today. The NBA's Golden State Warriors basketball team, have taken a chance on rookie player, Moseki "Mo" Gosego (Blondy Baruti). Mo recently arrived from Congo, and needs a translator who can speak - you guessed it - Lingala. What little English Mo knows is from watching Fantasy Island reruns on the one TV in his small village. Jason meets this towering 18-year-old, who is a kind and thoughtful kid and a fish out of water in the NBA world of fierce competition and glitzy rewards. Mo is homesick, especially for his cows. Jason visits his swank apartment the team rented for him, but sees he has no furniture except a pool table Mo sleeps on and an old bike he rides to the practices. No wonder it doesn't feel like home. Mo has barely spent any of his 15 million-dollar salary, other than to send it home. His teammates haze Mo and call him Butter, because he's a big lump on the court. Jason doesn't know a thing about basketball, but like Mo, he's an underdog. He'll live with Mo 24/7 translating and helping him adjust to life on and off the court. To keep the best job he's ever had, he'll have to find a way to light a fire under this incredibly tall and talented athlete who seems to lack any drive. If it works out like everyone hopes, this friendship just may help them both get game. Written by Casey Johnson and David Windsor (both of Trophy Wife) who will executive produce with Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled, Cars), Aaron Kaplan (Neighbors, Secrets and Lies), Mandalay Sports Media's Mike Tollin (Smallville, One Tree Hill) and Peter Guber (co-owner of the Golden State Warriors).
· Blondy Baruti as Mo
· Jami Gertz as Bonnie
· Laura Steinel as Marty
· Matthew Glave as Bob Bloomberg
· Skylar Astin as Jason
· Ving Rhames as Don D'Alessario
· Aaron Kaplan as EP
· Casey Johnson as CRTR/EP
· Dan Fogelman as EP
· David Windsor as CRTR/EP
· Jess Rosenthal as EP
· John Fortenberry as DIR (Pilot)
· Mike Tollin as EP
· Peter Guber as EP
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
· ABC Studios
· Kapital Entertainment
· Mandalay Sports Media
· Rhode Island Ave. Productions