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Michael Rapaport Developing “The White Shadow” Reboot For Cable TV

Tucked away in THIS announcement that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up distribution rights to Michael Rapaport’s Tribe Called Quest documentary, Beats, Rhymes And Life, (news Sergio already posted on this site a couple of days ago, before today’s official announcement), is a mention that Rapaport is developing a cable TV series version of the late 1970s/early 80s CBS prime-time drama series, The White Shadow, which centered on a white professional basketball player who retires from the NBA after a knee injury, and takes a job as a basketball coach at an inner-city, a mostly black and Hispanic high school in South Central LA.

I’ve actually never watched a single episode of The White Shadow, a title that’s too literal, given the subject matter of the series, which ran from 1978 to 1981; although, I just searched Netflix to learn that season 1 and season 2 are available on DVD for rental. According to Wikipedia, is notable for being the “first ensemble drama on prime-time television with a predominantly African-American cast,” as well as the “3rd-longest running drama with a predominantly African-American cast in the history of American prime-time television,” behind Soul Food and The Wire.

Good trivia questions by the way!

There’s no word on when we can expect to see this on cable TV, but Rapaport will be working with producer John Davis (The Firm, I, Robot, Predator 2, Waterworld) on developing the series.

8 comments to Michael Rapaport Developing “The White Shadow” Reboot For Cable TV

  • Cynthia

    Wow…I was a little girl when this show came out. I remember really liking it. This should be an interesting re-make.

  • jayblu74

    I swear I saw this comin’….*smh*

  • I really liked this show when I was a teenager – all those cute boys!

  • SEJ

    I hope Rappaport can avoid being the “white savior” in this remake. New York Undercover was also a long running show with a predominantly minority cast and should get props also.

  • It was a great Show Multi cultural cast that tackled a variety of issues a remake of this would be a great addition to television now if done correctly

  • lilkunta

    I dont think any of us saw this show bc most of us were born after 81.

    __3rd-longest running drama with a predominantly African-American cast in the history of American prime-time television,” behind Soul Food and The Wire.__

    This WP stat is wrong. Come on Tambay, you def shoulda known that off your head! Both SF & Wire were cable shows so you know they has shorter ep per season, not the standard 20-24 ep per season!

    These are the longest AfrAm shows
    Jeffersons was on for 11yrs fro 75-85
    Cosby Show for 8yrs from 84-92
    Family Matters for 9yrs from
    Girlfriends for 8ys…all these beat this show measly 3 yrs.

    • Mercy

      Yeah, but the 4 shows listed above are considered sitcoms/comedies. Aside from NY Undercover, cannot think of any. My favorite, ‘Franks Place’ was more of an ensemble and was cancelled after one season *sniffle*

  • Mrs. Ken Howard (Linda)

    We wish him well.