BSO-Lamar Odom is making a return to the TV screen.
The former NBA star and soon-to-be ex-husband of Khloé Kardashian has a deal to star in a new reality series — which has not yet filmed — set for airing sometime in 2017, a source tells PEOPLE.
“The show will be about his life, recovery — all about him,” the source says about the new series.
And fans and supporters of Odom may soon be able to learn more about his recovery from his point of view.
“He’s actually writing while he’s away, he’s doing a lot of writing in there. There’s a book offer on the table,” another insider told PEOPLE. “But part of the deal was that he’s going to get in good shape. Everyone’s been so supportive.”
Reality television! How come we didn't think of this earlier? Just when you thought Lamar Odom was a lost cause and we had exhausted all options in an attempt to wean him off his life threatening narcotics addiction some extremely concerned vultures...I mean...enablers...I mean executives come to the rescue and propose what is certain to be a surefire elixir. I know the rehab route has failed him before, but I have reason to believe there was one distinct reason for that. The entire process wasn't broadcast to millions upon millions of people. If there is an ultimate failsafe to a relapse it's having a loving support system of producers whose jobs aren't at all dependent on ratings and viewers who just want to see a happy ending that is completely void of any drama whatsoever.
I guess you could argue that reality television is what turned Lamar Odom from a highly accomplished NBA Champion to a drug-ridden subplot, but that's all the more reason to see if it can turn him back! It's like the kid in 'Rookie Of The Year' that just needed to slip on another camouflaged baseball to go back to living a normal childhood without carrying the burden of a Major League contract and the ability to throw 107 MPH. Don't tell me that reality TV doesn't have the ability to give as well as take when the preferred method of saving someone from a venomous snakebite is to inject more venom into their system in hopes that it will counteract the original poison. Who knows if exploiting Lamar Odom's illness for our own entertainment has what it takes to cure him, but it's certainly the less traveled road to recovery so I tend to think that Robert Frost would approve...