Blake Griffin is making his way from the basketball court to truTV for a brand new prank show. The network has announced that the six-time NBA All-Star will executive produce and star in Double Cross. The series has been handed the green light by the network and is expected to debut sometime in 2021.
The announcement was made by Blake Griffen in a brief video released on social media. Per truTV, the series comes with an "incredibly devious twist as it offers a service to those who are all too often the victims of a prank." In each episode, Griffin conspires with people who have often been the victim and helps them get revenge on their unsuspecting prankster, pulling off the ultimate double-cross. Griffin had this to say in a statement.
"Growing up, my parents always taught me to stand up for myself. If someone takes your favorite toy, you take it back... And if someone crosses you... you assemble a team of professional actors, concoct an elaborate story, set up twelve hidden cameras and you cross them right back. Who knew I'd be hosting a show about it years later! Looking forward to causing some trouble with my friends at truTV and Big Breakfast."
This feels like a logical move for the network. Not only is Blake Griffin a big, recognizable star but this has proved to be a sweet spot for them. Impractical Jokers airs on truTV and is far and away its most successful show. Impractical Jokers: The Movie was released earlier this year. So it makes every bit of sense for them to play around in this sandbox a bit more. Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV, had this to say.
"truTV has perfected the art of the good-natured prank, and Double Cross is adding a new unexpected twist, turning the tables on unsuspecting pranksters. People already know Blake Griffin dominates on the court. What they may not know is that he is also wickedly funny, mischievous, and he is as serious about his play off the court as on."
The network says that it is producing this series in consultation with local authorities, unions and medical experts. TruTV says its first priority is "the health and safety of employees, production partners, cast and crew." Double Cross is executive produced by Propagate Content's Big Breakfast. Luke Kelly-Clyne and Kevin Healey will executive produce alongside Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil and Noah Weinstein executive produce on behalf of Mortal Media.
This is far from the first time that an NBA player has made inroads in Hollywood. As we speak, LeBron James is hard at work on Space Jam 2. James is following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, who starred in the original. Plus, sports has a limited lifespan for players. Blake Griffin is trying to set up something that can carry him into the future. You can check out the announcement video from the truTV Twitter account.