*The same network, producer and filmmaker who brought you the Lindsay Lohan reality series “Lindsay” are re-teaming to bring viewers into the world of Michael Sam.
Oprah Winfrey’s network is partnering with Emmy-winning producer Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice for “The Untitled Michael Sam Project” (working title), a documentary series chronicling the former University of Missouri football player who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams.
Cameras will follow the All-American defensive end and SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year as he works to earn his spot on the Rams, while under the intense scrutiny of being the NFL’s first openly gay player.
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” said Sam. “I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”
The “Michael Sam” series appears to be in line with Oprah’s original intention for the network. Listen to what she told TV critics in 2011: