CBS TV Press Tour Summer ’18: The Neighborhood May Feel Racist (But It’s Not)By Delaina Dixon | August 5, 2018 | Entertainment
Sure to be one of the hottest – and most controversial shows – joining the CBS lineup this fall is The Neighborhood. The series, created by Big Bang Theory showrunner alum Jim Reynolds and executive produced by its star Cedric the Entertainer, the show explores what happens when a proud African-American man who loves his predominantly black neighborhood gets new neighbors… that are white.
The series is based on the creator’s own personal community experiences. And while it is about a white neighbor moving into a black community, it’s also about “the power of kindness and being a good neighbor,” shared Jim. He feels that is an absolute need in a time “when people are trying to position us as opposites.”
And you can imagine, Cedric’s character is not happy about the new Caucasian couple next door. “We can’t be afraid to think about that,” he declared over viewers perceiving his character as a racist. He pointed out that many older African-Americas do have distrust against white people, a generational issue that can be explored. “My character has to be a person that can grow.”
Cedric also explained how the show has grown since he came on the executive side. “The main thing missing was the point of view of the black guy. That’s where we started to get real with each other.” It’s the perfect opportunity to explore relationships and living in harmony with someone next to you.
Tichina Arnold, who plays Cedric’s wife, agrees. “There are conversations happening in a white household and [different] conversations happening in a black household.” The Neighborhood offers a platform to discuss these conversations and see where they intersect.
It’s important to note that there is diversity in The Neighborhood writers’ room. Half are African-American, there are more women and the writers span a wide range of ages. “It can’t just be a middle age white guy’s point of view,” Jim exclaimed.
The Neighborhood premieres Oct. 1 on CBS.
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