OWN has ordered a docuseries about gay football player Michael Sam, with the producers behind the network’s “Lindsay” producing the untitled project, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The series will track Sam in the weeks leading up to his getting picked by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. He was chosen by the team with the 249th overall pick of the NFL draft earlier this month, with ESPN broadcasting him kissing his boyfriend upon hearing the news, the piece adds. Sam became the first openly gay player on an NFL roster.
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Winfrey. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”