NBC has officially committed to undertake the new project. The show depicts the first white family to move into a predominantly black, newly renovated community in Cleveland, Ohio.
The show will be the third major sitcom set in Cleveland, following “The Drew Carey Show” on ABC and “Hot in Cleveland” on TV Land.
James will produce the series, alongside Bill Lawrence, the creator of the acclaimed series “Scrubs.” Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, former executive producers of “Community,” are set to write for the single-camera comedy.
James has voiced his desire to continue expanding his business and entertainment empire, especially in Hollywood.
He successfully established Springhill Entertainment in 2015, named after the housing complex James and his mother resided in during his early teens, with cofounder Maverick Carter.
The production company already has a large portfolio of projects. Previous credits for Springhill Entertainment include the Disney XD series “Becoming,” the Starz scripted series “Survivor’s Remorse” and a reality show for the digital program Bleacher Report named “Uninterrupted.”
Future shows for the production enterprise include a trivia game-show on NBC, similar to “Shark Tank,” with James among the panel of investors and a possible “bucket list” series on NBC Universal’s Esquire Network.
James’ activity in Hollywood is not limited to producing, as he’s tried his hand at acting. He appeared as himself in the 2015 summer blockbuster “Trainwreck.” The 31-year-old is also set to appear in the upcoming film “Space Jam 2.”
As for James’ upcoming sitcom, no one is more excited than the city of Cleveland.
Many John Carroll University students are bubbling with anticipation with James’ new television series.
Senior Molly Burns said, “I’m a huge fan of LeBron. I think his show will be great for Cleveland and it gives good exposure for the city.”
Freshman Michael O’Meara eagerly added, “I definitely plan on tuning in.”
Even students who aren’t from the northeast Ohio area are excited to watch the new sitcom.
“I’m not from Cleveland, but I will one-hundred percent watch James’ TV show,” said junior Julia Mezzoprete.
No specific date has been announced for the premiere of “There Goes the Neighborhood,” but fans are already awaiting the debut of James’ new sitcom.
Editor’s Note: Information from Cleveland.com, Deadline.com and The Hollywood Reporter was used in this report.