At its 2014 Digital Content Newfronts presentation, Yahoo announced Sin City Saints, a TV-length sports comedy from Arli$$ creator Mike Tollin. Sin City Saints still doesn’t have an exact release date, but Yahoo has announced the actors who will make up to show’s principal cast, including Andrew Santino, Malin Akerman, and Tom Arnold.
Sin City Saints will star Santino (of ABC’s Mixology) as the owner of the titular team, a pro basketball franchise based in Las Vegas. A release from Yahoo describes Santino’s character as “unpredictable and charismatic,” a description reminiscent of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Ackerman, perhaps best known for her role in Watchmen, will play a legal assistant to the NBA Commissioner. Arnold, who has appeared in dozens of productions over the past 20 years, will play a casino host.
As you might expect for a show about basketball, Sin City Saints also features several former NBA players among its cast. Laker-turned-actor Rick Fox will have a role, as will recently-retired All-Star Baron Davis. B.K. Cannon, Justin Chon, and Keith Powers round out the cast.
Sin City Saints is one of the TV-length shows Yahoo will distribute in hopes of building a premium content library and competing with Netflix and Amazon. Other shows on the site’s schedule include a sci-fi comedy from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and the sixth season of Community, which will debut on Yahoo Screen sometime in 2015.
According to Yahoo’s release, production on Sin City Saints‘ eight-episode first season has now begun. The series is expected to debut sometime this winter.
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