Starz’ criminally undervalued comedy Survivor’s Remorse will return for a fourth season, according to Variety. Executive producer LeBron James pitched the idea based on his relationship with his business partner Maverick Carter, and showrunner Mike O’Malley fleshed out the concept. Despite its paltry viewership, Remorse has quietly grown into one of the best comedies on television.
The show follows professional basketball player Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher) as he navigates his career alongside his shrewd manager Reggie Vaughn (RonReaco Lee), his forthright mother Cassie (Tichina Arnold), and stubborn older sister Mary Charles (Erica Ash). This is the show’s first season without Mike Epps, who left the show to topline ABC’s since-canceled Uncle Buck revival.
Rather than choosing a less permanent way to write out Epps’ Uncle Julius, O’Malley killed off the character at the end of season two. The creative choice could have sunk what had previously been a light wish-fulfillment comedy, but instead, Remorse is airing its best season yet. The Calloways’ efforts to move on after Julius’ death has provided the show’s richest thematic material, but all the grief hasn’t dampened its cutting humor.
The renewal further affirms Starz’ decision to shift its original programming from Saturdays to Sundays. Power, Remorse’s lead-in, was already granted a two-season renewal last month on the strength of a season premiere audience of 2.2 million, a 58-percent jump over the prior season’s premiere and a Starz viewership record.