Olivia Munn Developing 1970’s Female Sportscaster Series for the CW

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The CW is developing a female sportscaster-centric series from exec producer Olivia MunnVariety has learned.

The untitled project is set in 1974 and revolves around a young journalist who gets hired by an ambitious New York news programming chief as a publicity stunt to be one of the first female on-air sports reporters. She has to learn to navigate gender politics in front of and behind the camera at a time when women were literally not even allowed in the press box.

From scribe Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”), Munn — a former sideline reporter — will exec produce. Stacia Peters will also work on the project, reuniting her with Munn, after HBO’s “The Newsroom.” The potential series hails from CBS Television Studios.

The CW project marks Munn’s foray into producing. Her other acting credits include “Magic Mike,” Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” and “New Girl.” She rose to prominence as host of G4’s “Attack of the Show!” and was a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. She began her career as an intern at a local NBC affiliate and then at Fox Sports Net where she covered college football and women’s basketball. She is repped by CAA and Atlas Artists.

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  1. alicia+5
    I have actually seen Mangy Flamenco Seatbelt perform live – who knew? We were at a restaurant in Costa Rica that has live music a couple of nights a week. The night started with a girl singing and playing violin, mostly jazzy stuff. Then she introduced her brother, who played classical and flamenco guitar, and they did a few songs together. Then a friend of the brother’s wandered up to the stage, looking exactly like Hangover-era Zach Galifianakis, wearing a grimy t-shirt and pajama pants. We said, ah, ok, someone is here for the free drinks… until he opened his mouth and ended up being an extremely talented flamenco singer…so anyway, Mangy Flamenco Seatbelt put on a great show that night – we bought a few extra drinks after dinner to hear the whole thing!

  2. Tell’em Sloan!!!!
    These Tweets prove that not only did you play an “Intelligent Classy Lady” on “The NEWSROOM” you’re actually an “Intelligent Classy Lady” in the “REAL WORLD”!!!
    You’re one of the few people that make me proud to be from Oklahoma where this kind of “Racist Ignorance” is common practice.

  3. masterochi says:

    Outstanding! This is an important topic and I look forward to scripts that explore the roles of women in the work force and the efforts of the system to keep women in relative poverty.

    Many millennial have never seen or heard about the awful harassment that was considered NORMAL in the workplace until about 1979.

    Although nothing as exciting as a sports reporter, I watched my mom (a single mom with two kids) fight Chicago labor politics in the late sixties. Men were either trying to seduce her or reduce her.

    She often had bruises from men pinching her and if she slapped the offending boor she was called into the managers office and told if it happens again she would be fired. It was tough then for women.

    I hope this new series can shed light on the bravery of the pioneering women who fought for their rights to have a job. I applaud producers who can bring us entertainment that speaks to the real struggles of modern life. I hope the CW supports more productions like this. I am so sick of the fantasy/fairy tale/werewolf/vampire programs on TV I want to go read a book.

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