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LeBron James and Ron Funches are working on a sitcom about gentrification

James during the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Championship parade in Cleveland (Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

LeBron James is bringing yet another television show to Cleveland—or, in this case, he’s at least bringing the setting of the show to Cleveland. Fresh off his CNBC show Cleveland Hustles, which follows groups of the city’s fledging entrepreneurs, James has gotten a script commitment from NBC for There Goes The Neighborhood, a half-hour, single-camera comedy that The Akron Beacon-Journal says “would follow the first white family to move into a ‘predominantly black, newly gentrifying neighborhood in Cleveland.” Ron Funches and Scrubs and Community’s Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman will write and co-produce the show alongside Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence.


The show is a product of SpringHill Entertainment, the production company that James owns with longtime friend Maverick Carter, and will have additional production help from Lawrence, as well as Jeff Ingold, the former head of comedy for NBC.

There Goes The Neighborhood, which is being produced by Warner Bros. Television, is the second show James and company have sold in as many weeks. Their first was an as-yet-unnamed drama about a doctor of sports medicine who both treats famous athletes and is facing down his own personal medical drama. SpringHill also has a game show, The Wall, in production, with Chris Hardwick attached to host. James also executive produces Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse.

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