ABC is considering a sitcom based on the life of ESPN Sportscenter anchor Sage Steele, sources tell me. Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, was originally approached about a show in May 2011 with this idea: a woman in a man’s world (ESPN) with a stay-at-home husband and three kids living in a small town. Toss in the bi-racial aspect of her marriage (her husband is white) and you’ve got a Modern Family-type show with a dash of sports.
Steele didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.
This wouldn’t be the first time network TV attempted to make a show based on someone at ESPN. Previously, Mike Greenberg (submitted a pilot, it was rejected, and he’s re-writing), Mark Schelereth (pilot made, show wasn’t picked up) and Colin Cowherd (pilot made, show wasn’t picked up) have all been pursued by network TV executives.
According to a source, the show about Steele was tabled in 2011 after it couldn’t settle on writers, but the option was picked up in September 2012 and ABC is currently in the process of finding writers.