The worlds of sports and entertainment intersect so often these days that it’s rarely news unless your favorite NBA podcast somehow turns in to a television show. We’re so used to basketball players being actors that happen to be in dance competitions that we kind of forget that it didn’t used to be that way. Once upon a time the NBA was hardly on TV, which is kind of hard to fathom in today’s day and age.
Sometimes, though, something will happen that will shake you to your core and force you to remember that this is a strange, strange world that we live in. It has to be something so off-the-wall that you’d never predict it in a million years, otherwise it can get lost in all the stories of basketballers trying to be rappers. It has to be something like Mark Cuban owing Don Johnson $50 million because of “Nash Bridges.” From the Hollywood Reporter:
Among those who must pay Don Johnson his $51.7 million in “Nash Bridges” money are billionaires Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner and their 2929 Entertainment, the actor’s representatives said.
A judge ruled late Thursday that it was Cuban and Wagner’s 2929, along with Rysher Entertainment and investment firm Qualia Capital — operated by Amir Malin and Ken Shapiro — that should foot the bill for money owed the actor stemming from his partial ownership of “Nash,” a TV series he co-created in 1995. [...]
“‘Nash Bridges’ was my idea,” Johnson said Friday. “Mark Cuban’s company and Qualia took all the profits from the show’s syndication. I feel vindicated that Rysher, 2929 Entertainment and Qualia are all being held responsible.”
Yep, that’ll do it — a billionaire NBA team owner owing a washed-up television star $50 million for a lightly-regarded TV show that hasn’t broadcast a new episode since 2001. That’s the sort of thing that makes Louis Armstrong write a song like “What A Wonderful World.” Even if you were playing Mad Libs, you wouldn’t come up with something like this.
Questions remain, though. For instance, why would someone brag so much about coming up with “Nash Bridges?” And how many people are watching this show in syndication that it would make this much money, nine years after its last episode? And, of course, how did one of the minds behind “LOST” — Carlton Cuse — help create a shlocky cop dramedy like “Nash Bridges?”
Oh, one more, what the heck is “Nash Bridges?” Any help would be appreciated.