The show, which was first rumored and then confirmed by Rogers over the summer, is in such an advanced stage that it now has a name and network television home.
Men in Shorts, a single-camera comedy series inspired by the life of Rogers, the first openly gay man to play in a major North American professional sports league, has been picked up by ABC.
While the series won't be written around Rogers' personal story, he will serve as a producer on the project to "bring some realness to the characters, and to give some real-life experience," according to Rogers.
Men in Shorts will follow a young pro soccer player who comes out of the closet and is subsequently thrust into the spotlight. The show will include family and workplace comedy.
“I was absolutely captivated by [Rogers'] charm and his humor, and I just thought it could make a great show," said Claudia Lonow, the writer of Men in Shorts. "To me, a sports team locker room is a workplace we haven’t seen before.”
A Men in Shorts premiere date is not yet known.