By Jeff Cornell
CBS (Radio.com parent) has given the green light for a marching band drama, titled The Down Beat, which will be produced by Ludacris. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor and rapper will executive produce the CBS show alongside Ryan Seacrest Productions scripted programming executive VP Nina Wass.
The show is described The Down Beat as “an inspiring story of a former business mogul on a warpath for personal retribution, who is determined to take down two warring gangs in the mean streets of Atlanta by offering possible teen recruits an unlikely refuge: a high school marching band.”
The show will be the first foray as an executive producer for Ludacris, who was born Chris Bridges. No word on whether the MC will star in the drama. The Atlanta rapper has been seen on the big screen in Crash, the Fast & Furious films and Hustle & Flow. He has also appeared in Fox’s hit TV show Empire.