Teens growing up in Stratford, Ont., would probably consider their lives to be the least likely basis for a TV sitcom -- unless, of course, that teen is Justin Bieber.
An as-yet-untitled sitcom based on Bieber's small-town, prestardom days is being considered for ABC's 2013-2014 schedule, despite the show being passed over last year. The single-camera comedy show, with Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun on deck as executive producers, will reportedly revolve around "a future pop star's awkward teenage years and his unorthodox family."
If the show is really based on Bieber's family life, then it will include his single mother's dating life, growing up with an infant brother and sister, and small-town talent shows. If the show's a hit, then later seasons could explore the ups and downs of dating a similarly famous singer and actress, rivalries with other boy bands, and maybe even an alleged murder plot. Surely there will be no lack of drama in Bieber's real life to fuel years of the TV show.
This isn't the first time a superstar's fame has inspired a TV show. Chris Rock's own before-he-was-famous sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," about his life growing up in Brooklyn with his own "unorthodox family," lasted four seasons and received critical praise, as did the fictional Canadian series "Instant Star," which chronicled a no-name teen who shoots to stardom after winning a talent reality show.
Two more executive producers are linked with the show, Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, who have both previously worked on HBO's scripted Hollywood expose "Entourage" with Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon. That show was also reportedly based on the real life of actor Mark Wahlberg, who was also an executive producer on the extremely successful show that ended in 2011 after eight seasons.
It seems to be yet another link in the chain of bromance between Wahlberg and Bieber, who are also planning a movie project together. Wahlberg makes for a pretty good mentor for the 18-year-old "Believe" singer, who has already conquered the music scene around the world. Wahlberg got his introduction to Hollywood as rapper Marky Mark (supported, of course, by the Funky Bunch) and the 1991 single "Good Vibrations." But since then, he's made an admirable switch from pop star to reputable actor and producer.
Bieber may have a worthy role model in Wahlberg, and he may still sell out stadiums all over the world, but we'll have to wait and see if his sitcom earns enough laughs to take over the small screen.