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[05/16/14 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 16
Updates include: OWN puts its Michael Sam docu-series on hold; Michael Weatherly to continue on "NCIS" for two more years; and Michael Malarkey named latest "Vampire Diaries" regular.

[05/14/14 - 02:22 PM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces New Original Documentary Series Featuring History-Making NFL Player Michael Sam
The project spotlights the former University of Missouri football player and his historic journey as he prepares to enter the biggest professional sports league in America.







UNTITLED MICHAEL SAM PROJECT (OWN)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
5/14/14 - 5/16/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
unspecified
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
series order rescinded
DESCRIPTION:
(from OWN's press release, May 2014) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new multi-part documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams. OWN partners with Emmy-winning producer Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Studios and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice ("Lindsay," "By The People: The Election of Barack Obama") to produce "The Untitled Michael Sam Project" (working title) which spotlights the former University of Missouri football player and his historic journey as he prepares to enter the biggest professional sports league in America. This special documentary series will feature a deeply personal, up-close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports, as the All-American defensive end and SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year enters the competitive world of professional football. Cameras will follow Sam as he works to earn his spot on the St. Louis Rams all while under the intense scrutiny of being the first openly gay player in the NFL.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Michael Sam
CREW INFORMATION:
· Amy Rice as CO-EP
· Cameron Weiss as PROD
· Craig Piligian as EP
· Howard Bragman as PROD
· Joe Barkett as PROD
· Johnny Gould as EP
· Mitch Rosa as CO-EP
· Nicholas Caprio as EP
· Ralph Wikke as CO-EP
GENRE(S):
· reality
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Pilgrim Studios