Network shoots for hoops drama

FX is hot on hoops, having picked up a drama project from exec producer Don Cheadle that chronicles the glory and the seedy side of college basketball.

“March to Madness” comes from scribe Joel Silverman, while Pete Segal (“The Longest Yard”) is set to direct. Also attached to the project alongside Silverman, Segal and Cheadle are former college basketball coach Dave Miller and Segal’s producing partner, Michael Ewing.

“March to Madness” comes from scribe Joel Silverman, while Pete Segal (“The Longest Yard”) is set to direct. Also attached to the project are former college basketball coach Dave Miller and Segal’s producing partner, Michael Ewing, as well as Cheadle’s Crescendo Prods. shingle and its principals, Kay Liberman and Lenore Zerman.

Silverman scored a Writers Guild Award nom as a screenwriter on the Disney Channel telepic “Full Court Miracle,” and has also written sports features for Fox 2000 through producer Ed Zwick (“Fly”) and for Disney (“Hell on Wheels”). Segal is set to direct Silverman’s “Undefeated” for producer Scott Stuber, as well as the scribe’s “Barney Ross.”

Cheadle’s other producing credits include Starz’s “Crash,” which he co-exec produces, and the feature “Traitor.”

FX is said to have bought the pitch in the room.

“March to Madness” is among the scripts still in contention at FX, which has been aggressively ramping up development in recent months. Among dramas in the works, FX has already ordered the series “Lawman” and greenlighted the pilots “Terriers” and “Lights Out.”

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