Matt Barnes was a tough guy on the court, but he’s looking to make people laugh it off … with the ex-NBA forward landing his own comedy series with Showtime!!!
41-year-old Barnes has reportedly struck a deal with the TV network and Lionsgate to develop “The Education of Matt Barnes,” a half-hour scripted comedy series loosely based on his life postretirement, according to Deadline.
The show will be a “story of how a single dad from Encino balances home, business, activism and relationships while navigating the temptations of the celebrity-centric, Instagram and TikTok universe of LA,” the report says.
The project is backed by writer and creator Matt Pyken, who most notably worked on “Empire” … and “Blackish” director Pete Chatmon is on board for the pilot.
Remember, Barnes told us back in 2017 he had big plans in the entertainment industry … and the dude wasn’t kidding — he’ll act as co-executive producer alongside the Tannenbaum Company for the project.
There will be plenty of storylines to use from Barnes’ memorable 14-year career in the NBA … as well as his life as a father of 3 kids.
No word on when the show will hit the airwaves … but we’re sure it’ll be fun to check out.