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LeBron James developing new television series There Goes the Neighborhood

09.23.2016

Now, I'm not a sports guy. At all. I, no joke, thought for the longest time LeBron James was a football player, not a basketball player. So I don't care how many home runs he makes per game, or how many times he's sent to the penalty box for fighting on the ice, this is a movie and TV news site, so I'm only here to report that James has a new development deal with NBC. The deal includes two shows James is developing with the network. One is a drama about a sport's doctor (apparently a gritty version of Bill Heder's character from TRAINWRECK) and the other is a sitcom titled THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD actually sounds like a promising premise, which is described as

A half-hour comedy series would follow the first white family to move into a predominantly black, newly gentrifying neighborhood in Cleveland.

I like that idea. It flips on its head the idea of "tokenism" that has plagued many sitcoms in the past, and it seems many of the main characters will be POC. It is still a bit unfortunate that it seems the actual main, POV characters will be white; however, the fact that it is in service of flipping race relations on its head mitigates that somewhat. I'm interested to see if it works or not. I liked LeBron in the aforementioned TRAINWRECK, so maybe he can develop something funny here too. 

However, it also seems that his SPACE JAM sequel is still in the works. So...yay?  Anyone looking forward to that?

 

Extra Tidbit: LeBron James improvised most of his lines - along with his co-stars - in Judd Apatow's TRAINWRECK.

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5:22PM on 09/24/2016
I like the sound of this. Recently LeBron has been proving himself more than just a good basketball player with his success with Trainwreck and his activism. Not to mention, he's one of the few athletes out there with a name big enough to get something like this made. I actually don't have a problem with the central characters being white, if gentrification is one of the issues he's trying to tackle (wrong sport, but whatever).
I like the sound of this. Recently LeBron has been proving himself more than just a good basketball player with his success with Trainwreck and his activism. Not to mention, he's one of the few athletes out there with a name big enough to get something like this made. I actually don't have a problem with the central characters being white, if gentrification is one of the issues he's trying to tackle (wrong sport, but whatever).
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10:22AM on 09/24/2016
Sounds like a PG version of WHITE FLIGHT. But I find LeBron to be quite funny in Trainwreck.
Sounds like a PG version of WHITE FLIGHT. But I find LeBron to be quite funny in Trainwreck.
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11:49PM on 09/23/2016
Guys just because Lebron is a black basketball player doesn't mean he can't get involved in Hollywood.
Guys just because Lebron is a black basketball player doesn't mean he can't get involved in Hollywood.
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8:25PM on 09/23/2016
LMAO. Damion, you made my night when you posted that you did not know who LeBron James was. The King thinks a lot of himself, and the NBA thinks a lot of him. I am glad when he gets a little less recognition and respect.
LMAO. Damion, you made my night when you posted that you did not know who LeBron James was. The King thinks a lot of himself, and the NBA thinks a lot of him. I am glad when he gets a little less recognition and respect.
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6:40PM on 09/23/2016
Must be nice to have money and connections.
Must be nice to have money and connections.
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6:21PM on 09/23/2016
This all sounds like shit. Lebron should just leave his big dumb ego on the court and out of any films and/or television series.
This all sounds like shit. Lebron should just leave his big dumb ego on the court and out of any films and/or television series.
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