Coming soon, Young Rock, a series based on the adventures of a teenage Dwayne Johnson, AKA, The Rock, as he learns about life while attending school and interacting with some of the most well known public figures of the 80s and 90s.
No, this is not some sort of Saturday morning cartoon with a talking dog.
This shit’s real and one of the top shows coming soon to NBC.
Just like The Silence of The Lambs series reported on yesterday being produced by CBS, NBC is hot and heavy for this thing.
Who the audience is for this, I have no idea. The show is being produced by Nanatchka Khan and Jeff Chiang, who created Fresh Off The Boat on ABC.
Just how excited is the network for this? The series is going straight to broadcast without a pilot because NBC was so blown away by the idea that they gave the show the green light before the meeting was even over.
“When myself and Nanatchka and our Seven Bucks team pitched our friends at NBC, all jaws were dropped. All hands were raised. They said, ‘We are in 100%. You’re not allowed to take pitches anywhere else. Take this off the table.’”
To be fair to him, The Rock did experience a number of lows before hitting it big as the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. He had a number of run-ins with the police while growing up in Hawaii and barely made enough to survive during his time as an independent wrestler.
“I was wrestling for 40 bucks a match in a very small wrestling company out of… Nashville, Tennessee.”
Also, a show based on the life of Will Smith sounded like a pretty bad idea not too long ago, but then The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air became one of the biggest hits of the 90s.
Despite his reputation as one of the busiest actors in Hollywood and the fact that he is in training for his role in Black Adam, The Rock plans on making some sort of appearance in every episode of the series, though he will not be playing himself.
Young Rock was just green-lighted, so it’s still too early to know when it will debut on NBC.