1:55pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Tara Lipinski Figure Skating Drama Series in the Works at Hulu
Tara Lipinski is getting into scripted television.
Hulu has made a scripted commitment to a figure skating drama series from the Olympic gold medalist, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project centers on a group of women and men in their teens and twenties who sacrifice their normal lives for a shot at the Olympics and examines just what it costs to become a champion.
Lipinski will executive produce with Michael Shamberg (Into the Badlands), Jonathan Igla (Masters of Sex) and Alexandra Zimbler, head of TV development at Shamberg’s company, MAS Production.
Shortly after winning gold at the 1998 Nagano Games at the age of 15, Lipinski went pro. Since 2013, she has been a commentator for NBC Sports and has become widely known for her partnership with fellow commentator Johnny Weir. In addition to figure skating events, the two have been tapped as fashion and lifestyle commentators for events such as the Kentucky Derby. This summer, they will serve as cultural correspondents for the Rio Games.
Hulu has been ramping up its original series slate in a bid to compete with Netflix and Amazon. The streaming service's other original dramas include The Path and upcoming series Chance and Shut Eye, both set to premiere later this year.