Dwayne Johnson To Star In Comedy Bio Series Young Rock

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NBC has given an 11-episode straight-to-series order to Young Rock, a single-camera comedy inspired by Dwayne Johnson, also known by his ring name, The Rock. The project comes from Johnson and Fresh Off the Boat creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan. Young Rock will chronicle Johnson’s formative years, with Dwayne set to appear in each episode. The pilot was co-written by Khan and Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Jeff Chiang. The series is produced by Universal Television, where Khan is in the first year of a four-year overall deal, Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Khan’s Fierce Baby Productions. Executive producers are Chiang, Fierce Baby’s Khan and Jennifer Carreras and Severn Bucks’ Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz. The project was taken out last fall, with NBC buying it preemptively with a big commitment. It is the second high-profile single-camera comedy from Universal TV the network has given a straight-to-series order for next season, along with an L.A. Mayor project from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock starring Ted Danson.

“The show will feature Dwayne as he grows up through life,” NBCEntertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy said during the network’s TCA executive session when announcing the project. “It’s Dwayne’s life brought to live by a brilliant and soulful writer like Nahnatchka.” He noted that Young Rock was the first pitch Khan brought to NBC under her overall deal. She and Johnson pitched the concept together.

Johnson has an existing relationship with NBC through The Titan Games. Johnson and Garcia will return to executive produce the second season of the reality series, which is hosted by Johnson. Johnson currently stars in Jumanji: The Next Level which has grossed over $600M worldwide and will next star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Khan’s Fresh Off the Boat is currently airing its sixth and final season on ABC. She previously created and exec produced Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23, which ran for two seasons on ABC. Under the Uni TV deal, Fierce Baby also has an L.A. private school comedy Valley Trash from Niki Schwartz-Wright at ABC as put pilot .



Will they do the scene where Young Rock tries to play with Young Randy's pony?

 

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10.5 hours of boring like the rambling promo he cut here, bad enough for WWE to not have a clip of it.
(2:12:30)

Meltzer's write up:
"Final segment was very different. The Rock came out and decided to do a long promo about his childhood. He told a story, that was true, about in 1987, at the age of 15, he went to McGavock High School in Nashville. His father, who was a big star in 1976 in the Memphis territory, returned in 1987 at the tail end of his career. He said he was getting no play with the girls because he had just shown up and people thought he was an undercover cop since he was already 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. So he was hanging out in bars since he looked older. He said he was hanging out with Downtown Bruno and then somebody walked in. He said it wasn’t Jeff Jarrett (Rock is friends with Jarrett and he can get away with name dropping him on TV like others couldn’t), nor Willie Nelson, but a crack head. The short version was he bought a car from the crack head for $75, paid him $40, said he was going to go home and get the other $35, which he never did. He drove it away and another crack head was asleep in the back seat. Later that night he figured the car was stolen. He didn’t report it to the cops, ditched it in a Burger King parking lot and walked home. While this was going on, Cole and Lawler were doing the fake laugh which they should never do, because nothing is more uncool than the announcers fake laughing when the audience isn’t laughing. And as much as this story had nothing to do with wrestling or his match with Punk, Rock’s delivery is such that the only thing that could possibly make him not cool is Cole fake laughing when the fans weren’t. His moral of the story is never buy a car from a crack head and don’t be like The Rock was when he was 15. He said ten years later, when he was 25, he took control of his life. "
 
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10.5 hours of boring like the rambling promo he cut here, bad enough for WWE to not have a clip of it.
(2:12:30)

Meltzer's write up:
"Final segment was very different. The Rock came out and decided to do a long promo about his childhood. He told a story, that was true, about in 1987, at the age of 15, he went to McGavock High School in Nashville. His father, who was a big star in 1976 in the Memphis territory, returned in 1987 at the tail end of his career. He said he was getting no play with the girls because he had just shown up and people thought he was an undercover cop since he was already 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. So he was hanging out in bars since he looked older. He said he was hanging out with Downtown Bruno and then somebody walked in. He said it wasn’t Jeff Jarrett (Rock is friends with Jarrett and he can get away with name dropping him on TV like others couldn’t), nor Willie Nelson, but a crack head. The short version was he bought a car from the crack head for $75, paid him $40, said he was going to go home and get the other $35, which he never did. He drove it away and another crack head was asleep in the back seat. Later that night he figured the car was stolen. He didn’t report it to the cops, ditched it in a Burger King parking lot and walked home. While this was going on, Cole and Lawler were doing the fake laugh which they should never do, because nothing is more uncool than the announcers fake laughing when the audience isn’t laughing. And as much as this story had nothing to do with wrestling or his match with Punk, Rock’s delivery is such that the only thing that could possibly make him not cool is Cole fake laughing when the fans weren’t. His moral of the story is never buy a car from a crack head and don’t be like The Rock was when he was 15. He said ten years later, when he was 25, he took control of his life. "
Now I remember why I don't miss subbing to the Observer anymore......
 

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Everybody Hates Chris was great because it involved a legendary comedian and their casting was stellar--Terry Crews really pulled the show together.

I'm not getting the same vibe from this show. You're going to have a lesbian, who loves her queer themes in her other shows, trying to write "funny" stuff about growing up a teenage boy; something she knows nothing about or experienced. Recipe for a 1 season show.
 

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10.5 hours of boring like the rambling promo he cut here, bad enough for WWE to not have a clip of it.
(2:12:30)

Meltzer's write up:
"Final segment was very different. The Rock came out and decided to do a long promo about his childhood. He told a story, that was true, about in 1987, at the age of 15, he went to McGavock High School in Nashville. His father, who was a big star in 1976 in the Memphis territory, returned in 1987 at the tail end of his career. He said he was getting no play with the girls because he had just shown up and people thought he was an undercover cop since he was already 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. So he was hanging out in bars since he looked older. He said he was hanging out with Downtown Bruno and then somebody walked in. He said it wasn’t Jeff Jarrett (Rock is friends with Jarrett and he can get away with name dropping him on TV like others couldn’t), nor Willie Nelson, but a crack head. The short version was he bought a car from the crack head for $75, paid him $40, said he was going to go home and get the other $35, which he never did. He drove it away and another crack head was asleep in the back seat. Later that night he figured the car was stolen. He didn’t report it to the cops, ditched it in a Burger King parking lot and walked home. While this was going on, Cole and Lawler were doing the fake laugh which they should never do, because nothing is more uncool than the announcers fake laughing when the audience isn’t laughing. And as much as this story had nothing to do with wrestling or his match with Punk, Rock’s delivery is such that the only thing that could possibly make him not cool is Cole fake laughing when the fans weren’t. His moral of the story is never buy a car from a crack head and don’t be like The Rock was when he was 15. He said ten years later, when he was 25, he took control of his life. "

This is a a humorous anecdote, but his ring persona delivery is all wrong for it. Totally wrong. I think a better writer could make it work, but I am highly suspicious as to whether this team assembled could pull it off. I also don't know much else about the guy, so maybe he's got more material. You could certainly stretch hokey short stories about dumb shit that happened in your life into an entire show IF you also have another hook to keep it all tied together, and the young-me concept has already been done with shows like Everybody Hates Chris (and maybe some others?), so maybe it hasn't been done to death yet, but this might be the show to do it.
 

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Sounds like the Goldbergs with the Rock as a central character. Not my cup of tea but I'm sure someone will like it.
 

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That'd be funny to see the current Rock playing a teenager with no deaging effects.
Didn't they already de-age him for a film a couple of years back? I think it was a forgettable buddy comedy of some kind.

I'm not getting the same vibe from this show. You're going to have a lesbian, who loves her queer themes in her other shows, trying to write "funny" stuff about growing up a teenage boy; something she knows nothing about or experienced. Recipe for a 1 season show.
It will very much depend on the casting. I haven't watched Fresh off the Boat, but Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 was deceptively good, and wasn't all about queer stuff - it had one gay supporting character and that was it. Again, though, a lot of that was due to casting.

I'm unlikely to watch it, but I find The Rock very charismatic and engaging so go him, I guess.
 

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Will this be like Howard Stern's Private Parts where he plays himself in school? That'd be funny to see the current Rock playing a teenager with no deaging effects.
Like if Dwane does it as "The Rock" I would 100% be okay with that, Dwane as Young Dwane..nah
 

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Is it going to have Survivor Series 1996?