The Big Show, WWE Superstar and world-renowned wrestler, is soon getting his own comedy series on Netflix. Aptly called The Big Show Show, the 10-episode series will feature a half-hour, multi-cam sitcom format. Josh Bycel (Happy Endings) and Jason Berger (Champaign ILL) are serving as the showrunners in addition to executive producing, with WWE Studios' Susan Levison and Richard Lowell exec producing as well. The comedy series will reportedly begin shooting in Los Angeles on Aug. 9.
Portraying a fictionalized version of himself, Paul "Big Show" Wight stars alongside Allison Munn (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn), Reylynn Caster (American Housewife), Juliet Donenfeld (Pete the Cat), and Lily Brooks O'Briant (The Tick). The premise of the show itself is very much along the lines of a typical sitcom. In the series, the Big Show's teenage daughter comes to live with him, his wife, and two other daughters following the wrestler's retirement from WWE. Outnumbered and outsmarted, the Big Show must learn to cope with no longer being the center of attention, despite being a 7 feet tall and 400 pound giant.
The Big Show Show is just the latest in a series of collaborative projects between Netflix and WWE Studios. As was previously reported, the companies are also working on the family movie The Main Event, which will include appearances from many WWE Superstars. That movie will follow a young, aspiring wrestler whose dreams of main-eventing WrestleMania become much more attainable when he discovers a mask with magical powers. As we've seen with the success of the WWE Studios project Fighting with my Family, it's clear WWE is going to keep pumping out theatrical releases in addition to developing new projects with Netflix for the small screen.
Of course, the Big Show has a storied history of appearing in various movies and TV shows, so acting outside of the world of wrestling is nothing new for him. In the '90s, the wrestling superstar can be seen as Captain Insano in the Adam Sandler sports comedy The Waterboy and as a giant Santa Claus who fights with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way. More recently, he starred in his own WWE Studios comedy movie Knucklehead and appeared with Will Forte in MacGruber. On the TV side of things, Show has made dozens of appearances as himself on game shows like The Weakest Link and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, but has also taken acting roles in programs such as Psych, Burn Notice, and Happy!. However, playing himself on The Big Show Show will be the wrestler's first starring role on a TV series.
No official word yet on when The Big Show Show will premiere on Netflix, though it will likely arrive sometime in 2020. As the business relationship between WWE and Netflix continues, more collaborative titles are expected to be announced. Still, as always, more new programs and WWE content will continuously be added and available on the WWE Network. This news comes to us from WWE.