Oscar-winning director and Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, who began his long career as an actor on the TV Western "Rawhide," is returning to television as one of the prime movers behind a new channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the story, Eastwood "is adding to his resume the title of creative board chairman and founding shareholder of the forthcoming golf lifestyle TV network, Back9Network."
Back9Network hopes to get distribution on TV, the Internet and mobile devices. No details about how it will get that distribution was in the article.
The story notes that "Eastwood not only plays [golf] frequently but also owns the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., and is an investor in famed Pebble Beach."
James Bosworth, the network’s chief executive, said of Eastwood, "He’ll be a big picture sounding board. There’s no better guy to go to for a golf media company."
The article adds, "In his new role, Eastwood, 81, will meet with the Back9 brass once per quarter to go over programming and casting choices for the network, which is currently in talks with distributors and is slated to launch later this spring. Back9 executives declined to comment on the nature of those conversations."
Bosworth plays golf with Eastwood, whom he met when Bosworth was an assistant pro at Pebble Beach in the mid-1990s.
Among the shows already being considered is a interview show called "You’re So Money" hosted by Anna Rawson, an LPGA star. Rawson has already taped a sitdown with Eastwood.
Other titles and concepts are "Extreme Golf," in which celebrities face off on the most outrageous golf holes; "Lucky Me with Jackie Flynn," a blue-collar comic visiting the fanciest golf courses in the country; and "Hole Lotta Love," a dating show that includes golf.
No word on whether the startup wants to remake "Caddyshack."