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truTV orders pilot for 'Shaq Inq.'

by jmaloni


Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 04:45 pm

Scripted project to be based on the team behind all things Shaq

truTV has ordered a pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O'Neal, who is executive-producing the show with Mike Tollin ("Smallville," "Arli$$"). The series is being produced for truTV by Mandalay Sports Media. Jeremy Garelick ("The Wedding Ringer," "The Break-Up") will write the pilot, with John Fortenberry ("Galavant") set to direct. Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris will render producer services.

This half-hour scripted comedy follows Shaq and the team that runs his sprawling business empire. The offbeat, yet capable group juggles the mayhem of managing Shaq's existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. But while they're all working toward the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud.

Tollin said, "Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me."

"There is no denying Shaq's multifaceted appeal," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "Thus, we couldn't be happier to be collaborating with him, as well as Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, as we continue to push into new formats."

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