ESPN's Sage Steele Reportedly Inspiration Behind Possible New ABC Comedy

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 1, 2012

Sage Steele's life is hilarious. At least, that's what some ABC producers are hoping as they consider using her tale as the backdrop for a network comedy. 

Big Lead Sports reports ABC is looking at the host of SportsCenter as a possible basis for a future TV show. 

Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, was originally approached about a show in May 2011 with this idea: a woman in a man’s world (ESPN) with a stay-at-home husband and three kids living in a small town. Toss in the bi-racial aspect of her marriage (her husband is white) and you’ve got a Modern Family-type show with a dash of sports.

Oh, what great laughs to be had with such a unique set of circumstances.

I find it a tad bit disconcerting that ABC would rather pay for an idea like this instead of coming up with something wholly original. 

Do these circumstances make for such a hilarious storyline?

Either way, this is hardly a done deal. As Big Lead Sports points out, there have been a bevy of near-deals with ESPN personalities looking to cash in on prime-time comedy. 

Mike Greenberg of "Mike & Mike In the Morning" had a script that was rejected and is in the process of being rewritten—as per the Big Lead report. 

NFL Live's Mark Schlereth nearly had a show with Rob Riggle take off called "Home Game," settling for just the pilot being filmed. 

And then there was Colin Cowherd who suffered a similar fate when a show based on his life was axed by CBS early in production. 

Even Steele had a similar deal pop up in 2011 before the network failed to find suitable writers, which they are now in the process of remedying. 

This being their second go at a show, ABC may be more set on making this one work than any of the other endeavors. 

If so, Steele's life may just be the next big hit. 

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