Published November 20, 2013
Wade's show is inspired by his best-selling book, "Father First"
Heat G Dwyane Wade, Mandalay Sports Media co-Chair Mike Tollin and producer Justin Lin have sold “Three The Hard Way,” a half-hour comedy TV project to Fox, through Sony Pictures Television. The show is inspired by Wade’s N.Y. Times best-selling book, “Father First,” in which Wade shares his thoughts about fathers and sons and about his experience of being a single dad to two sons. In the comedy, penned by TV writer Ben Watkins, an NBA superstar player and his entourage of friends find themselves parenting by committee when the player gets full custody of his two sons. Wade, Tollin, Mandalay Sports Media, Watkins and Lin, who worked on several "The Fast And The Furious" films, are all represented by CAA, which brokered the deal. “Three The Hard Way” is the first TV development project for Wade’s ZZ Productions (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer
). Wade said of the project, "I will be involved, very involved ... to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it's a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose." He added that the show "would be inspired by some themes of 'The Cosby Show.'" Wade: "I think they'll be able to pull the comedy out of the dark moments" (ESPN.com, 11/19
). Wade added, "The process came around the same time I was thinking about doing a book. It was like, 'I would love to see this on TV.' I didn't want to make it a movie. I wanted to make it something like a sitcom" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 11/20
). Wade said of who would be playing him in the show, "I haven't figured that out yet. But I'm sure it will be someone very handsome" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/20