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NBC has given a script commitment to a single-camera comedy from NBA star LeBron James and prolific producer Bill Lawrence, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
There Goes the Neighborhood centers on the first white family to move into a predominantly black, newly gentrified neighborhood in Cleveland. (An Ohio native, James plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which in June won its first-ever NBA championship.)
The half-hour hails from James’ SpringHill Entertainment and Lawrence’s Doozer Productions, which will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV, where both banners are based.
Lawrence and Jeff Ingold will executive produce for Doozer along with James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan (Community) and Ron Funches (Undateable) are the writers and also will executive produce.
Earlier this month, SpringHill sold another scripted project to NBC, a sports medicine drama. SpringHill also is producing The Wall, a game show for NBC hosted by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead) set to debut later this year. The company’s credits also include Starz’s basketball comedy Survivor’s Remorse, which was recently renewed for a fourth season.
Lawrence also has another comedy in development at NBC, Spaced Out. The two projects bring him back to the network, home to his former long-running medical comedy Scrubs, as well as Undateable, on which Funches starred. Funches will next be seen on NBC’s midseason comedy Powerless.
James’ SpringHill signed a deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment in July 2015 that spans all areas of content creation. The athlete spoke at length about his Hollywood ambitions for a February 2015 THR cover story. Last year, he enjoyed a breakout role in the comedy Trainwreck and will next topline Space Jam 2.
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