Esquire Network has greenlit an eight-episode reality series starring baseball player-turned-rapper Mike Stud.
Produced by Den of Thieves, The Mike Stud Project (working title) will premiere this summer on the NBCUniversal-owned cable net.
Stud originally pursued a career in baseball but after an injury sidelined his aspirations, he turned to music and recorded the viral single “College Humor” in 2010. An unsigned artist, he has used social media to spread his music, racked up more than 60 million YouTube hits and released three independent albums that have topped the hip-hop charts on iTunes.
The Esquire series follows Stud and his friends on his 40-city Back2You North American tour as they deal with broken buses, crowds, groupies, hotel evictions and general craziness. The show will co-star his best friend and hype man Matt “Blue” Ouellet, videographer Jon Kilmer, DJ Fader, tour manager Gerry Corcoran, director Patrick “Paddy” Quinn and creative director Ben Foley.
Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars and Stud’s girlfriend Josie Canseco will also appear.
Watch the trailer below: