HBO Teams with Norman Lear for New Drama Series

HBO is looking to add another drama series to it's collection and TV icon Norman Lear is set to produce along with Act III Production's Lara Bergthold. 

The new series, written by Aaron Blitzstein (The Riches) is about the world of professional wrestling in the 1970s.  Tentatively titled "Everybody Hurts", it will focus on a family that runs a pro-wrestling business in NYC. 

Lear told The Hollywood Reporter, "Pro wrestling is a pretty fair reflection of good and evil in our culture."

Lear and Bergthold met with Blitzstein to discuss an entirely different project when apparently the conversation turned to his career.  It came up that he once worked as vp of marketing for WCW and thus was born the new series. 

They decided to set it in the 70s because according to Blitzstein, "It was more of mom-and-pop type of feel back then... and it was a little bit more ridiculous and fun."

No word yet on when the project is due to start production.

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This could be really fun. Norman Lear and Aaron Blitzstein... but a drama? I'm trying to remember what pro wrestling was all about in the '70s. I don't think I had any awareness of it at all.

HBO, darn it, just when I think I'm out, you pull me back in again..

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