Peter Berg and HBO are taking a swing at the reality TV genre with the new series "On Freddie Roach," the cable outlet announced on Tuesday.
The six-part venture, which will debut in early 2012, will revolve around 51-year-old boxing trainer Freddie Roach, owner of Hollywood's Wild Card Boxing Club and trainer of champion pugilists including Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.
"The cameras will follow Roach as he works with future stars, engages the continuous stream of celebrity visitors to his gym, finds time to sort through and balance his myriad of outside interests, and manages his new role with USA Boxing," HBO's announcement revealed.
The series will be given extra drama by Roach's struggle with Parkinson's disease, which "is very likely linked to his own boxing past," according to HBO.
"Friday Night Lights" executive producer Berg will co-executive produce with Jim Lampley, Sarah Aubrey and Michael Price.
"HBO’s enthusiasm in supporting a less-conventional, verite style of storytelling is why they continue to create original and truly innovative programming,” Berg said in the announcement.