Tara Lipinski to produce figure skating drama series for Hulu
Yes, the Summer Olympics are just weeks away, but if ice is your thing, and the 2018’s Winter Games are too long a wait, Hulu’s new drama series has your figure skating fix.
Olympic figure skating gold medalist Tara Lipinski — who glided her way to victory as the youngest winner of a ladies’ figure skating individual event at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan — is sharpening her blades to produce a new figure skating drama series on Hulu, a source confirms to EW.
As first reported by Deadline, the show, produced by Michael Shamberg (Into The Badlands) and written by Jonathan Igla (Mad Men, Masters of Sex), will take audiences’ attention away from the glitz and glamor of the rink and go behind-the-scenes for a glimpse into the world of competitive figure skating. Hulu is developing a script for the untitled series, which will delve into what it takes to reach the career height of Olympic figure skating champion. The drama will focus on a group of men and women in their teens and 20s and reveal the challenges and dedication that go into making a champion.
“I want to paint an authentic picture of the highs and the lows and the price that some people pay to be part of this world,” Lipinksi told Deadline. Since stepping down from the Olympic podium, the athlete has worked as a sports analyst for Olympic figure skating for NBC Sports. “To me, skating has been portrayed as an inspiring Olympic sport or an over-the-top parody, so this will be a version viewers may not have seen before.”
She added, “To the average observer, figure skating appears to be an extremely elegant and undeniably beautiful sport — and for good reason. But when you begin to peel back the layers of this world, a more complex, and even shocking, picture emerges.”
Lipinski will also serve as a cultural correspondent at the Rio games this summer.
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