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Comedy series inspired by LA Galaxy's Robbie Rogers has a name, network TV home | SIDELINE

Important details and elements surrounding the much-talked about television series inspired by LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers are beginning to emerge.

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.