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‘The Sterling Affairs’: Harriet Sansom Harris, Corbin Bernsen Among Seven Cast In FX Limited Series About Disgraced LA Clippers Owner

EXCLUSIVE: FX has added seven to the recurring cast for The Sterling Affairs, its limited series about the downfall of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling amid the team’s drive to win a championship under coach Doc Rivers. Harriet Samson Harris (Hacks), Corbin Bernsen (City On a Hill), Yvonna Pearson (Dynasty), Joel McKissic (Your Honor), Darryl Wesley (This Is Us), Rich Sommer (Minx) and Clifton Davis (Billions) join leads Laurence Fishburne and Jacki Weaver in the six-episode series.

The Sterling Affairs is written by Gina Welch (Feud: Bette and Joan) based on the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast of the same name reported and hosted by Ramona Shelburne. The series tells the behind the scenes story of Doc Rivers (Fishburne) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ quest to bring a championship to one of the historically worst franchises in all of sports during the impending downfall of the team’s owner, Donald Sterling, whose notoriously racist behavior is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60+ years, Shelly Sterling (Weaver), and his mistress, V. Stiviano.

Cleopatra Coleman, Kelly AuCoin, Austin Scott, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Sheldon “Shel” Bailey, Sarunas J. Jackson and Charlie McElveen also star.

Bernsen portrays Pierce O’Donnell; Pearson plays Deja; McKissic portrays Glen “Big Baby” Davis; Wesley is Jamal Crawford; Harris plays Justine; Sommer portrays Seth Burton and Davis plays Elgin Baylor.

The Sterling Affairs will be executive produced by Welch, Jacobson and Simpson of Color Force and Shelburne. Kevin Bray will direct the first block and serve as an executive producer on those episodes. Nellie Reed of Color Force and Rembert Browne will serve as Producer. The series will be produced by FX Productions.

Harris, Emmy-nominated for her guest performance as Susan in Hacks, will next be seen in upcoming features National Anthem and Jules. She’s repped by BRS/Gage.

Two-time Emmy nominee Bernsen, known for his role as Arnie Becker on LA Law, can currently be seen in Showtime’s City on a Hill and next will be seen in HBO’s White House Plumbers and Showtime’s The Curse. He’s repped by A3 Artists Agency and Randy James Management. 

Pearson, who will next be seen in Peacock’s limited event series The Best Man, is repped by UGA and Silver Lining Entertainment.

McKissic, whose recent credits include Your Honor and the film Breaking News in Yuba County, is repped by The Daniel Hoff Agency, J Pervis Talent and Manager, Tassell Talent Group.

Wesley’s breakout came in a guest-starring role on NBC’s This Is Us, playing Deja’s father. His writing credits include Paramount+’s The Game and Netflix’s The Upshaws. He’s repped by Curtis Bechdholt at A.D.S. management and Brandy Rivers at Industry Entertainment.

Best known for his portrayal of Harry Crane on Mad Men, Sommer was most recently seen in HBO Max’s Minx and Hulu’s The Dropout. He’ll next be seen in HBO’s White House Plumbers. He’s repped by Innovative and Davis Spylios Management.

Davis’ most recent television credits include major recurring roles on Showtime’s Billions, CBS’ Madam Secretary and Epix’s Godfather of Harlem. Davis is currently on Broadway playing Dr. Dillamond in Wicked. He’s repped by Headline Talent Agency.

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