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11-17-2008, 05:30 AM
Kings notes: Kings might be TV series subject
By Melody Gutierrez
Published: Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 | Page 5C

While the Kings' national presence has gone from visible to nonexistent in the last few years, the Maloofs might have found a way to garner attention by turning a spotlight on the organization.

Maloof Productions is partnering with reality icon Mark Burnett for a behind-the-scenes series called "Rebuilding the Kingdom" on all things Kings.

Burnett, the man behind "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," told the Hollywood Reporter the show would be "committed to creating fun and innovative programming."

The show is in the early stages and does not currently have a network partner.

Maloof Productions is well versed in reality TV, producing SpikeTV's "Bullrun" and "Living Lohan," a reality series following Ali Lohan of Maloof Music.

"It's a good idea," Kings rookie Jason Thompson said. "We have a lot of young guys, and (our lives) intrigue a lot of people, especially rookies' lives. We have guys who aren't shy to the camera. We have a lot of personalities and guys who like to have fun."

One of those personalities, Francisco García, said he thought the series sounded like a "great idea." If the series on the Kings moves forward, it will be the first venture between Maloof Productions and Mark Burnett Productions.

Kings coach Reggie Theus laughed when jokingly asked where the Kings could find someone to play a coach on TV.

"I hear this guy named Dick Butkus does," said Theus, who played a coach on the teen sitcom "Hang Time."

Theus then turned serious, calling the project "an interesting concept."

"There is a lot of good marketing possibilities there," Theus said. "For a team in transition, there are some positive things. There could be some negatives if it's not handled correctly."

The reality series likely will focus on the business side of the Kings' operations. While it will include player and coach personality segments, the intent is for the show not to be driven by them. That will set it apart from "Hard Knocks," the documentary series on the Dallas Cowboys, which is produced by NFL Films and HBO.

"Where it stands right now, the premise would focus on the inner workings of the Kings' organization," Kings spokesman Troy Hanson said.


Interesting idea by the Maloofs. They need to garner interest of their team...I guess this is one way to do it.

11-17-2008, 10:58 AM
^Then they should put themselves under the cap for this summer and ask KObe to opt out and sign for them, then Trade whatever for Shaq, to ensure the ratings.

11-17-2008, 11:01 AM
Haha wow.. that's kinda sad. They suck on the court so I guess they are looking for success elsewhere? lol

11-17-2008, 11:45 AM
I actually think this is pretty interesting. Being a Laker fan, I'm far from a Kings fan, but this definitely interests me. Teams like the Grizzlies, etc. (other small market teams) could really use the exposure. I think the players would love it too.

11-17-2008, 01:53 PM
If this actually happened, it would be more from the front office perspective, not the players. They would show the players and have interviews of them and stuff like that, but it would focus on the front office aspect.

11-17-2008, 03:31 PM
My first thought is that Geoff Petrie will not be thrilled about this idea. I wonder if he would quit if the Maloofs told him it was the reality show or his job.