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LeBron’s Family-Based Cleveland Comedy Gets Picked Up by NBC

LeBron James is quietly creating an empire, with his basketball skills firmly overshadowing the moves he’s making behind the camera.

According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline, NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to “There Goes the Neighborhood,” a comedy being produced LeBron James and Bill Lawrence.

Lawrence, best known for the show “Scrubs," owns a production company named Doozer. James and Maverick Carter own Springhill Entertainment, with both companies having deals over at Warner Bros TV.

Written by former Community executive producers Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and actor-comedian-writer Ron Funches, co-star of the upcoming NBC/WBTV comedy series Powerless, There Goes the Neighborhood is about the first white family to move into a predominantly black, newly gentrifying neighborhood in Cleveland.

Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive produce alongside SpringHill’s James and Maverick Carter as well as Goldman, Donovan and Funches. Ohio born-and-raised James resides in his hometown of Akron near Cleveland as he plays for the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

James' rising TV and film portfolio now includes Starz comedy "Survivor’s Remorse," the upcoming NBC game show "The Wall" and his newest show, a reality series called "Cleveland Hustles" on CNBC.

-- Glenn Erby

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