CBS’ fall 2018-2019 series, The Neighborhood, was showcased at the TCA on Sunday. The comedy stars Max Greenfield as Dave Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin, Beth Behrs as Gemma Johnson, Tichina Arnold as Tina, Sheaun McKinney as Malcolm, and Marcel Spears as Marty Butler. The show premieres on Monday, October 1st at 8:00pm on CBS.
During a Q&A with members of the TCA, the cast and crew talked about their experiences and future of the show.
Here are three highlights from the panel:
1.) Writers’ age ranges from 20’s to 50’s.
2.) The show is loosely based on show creator Jim Reynolds’ life experiences.
3.) One of the points of the show is that we can all get along but it’s not going to be easy.
The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Dave Johnson is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma, gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. Their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler, is wary of the newcomers, certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. However, Calvin’s gracious wife, Tina, rolls out the welcome wagon; their chipper younger son, Marty, thinks the Johnsons could be good for the community; and their unemployed older son, Malcolm, finds Dave may finally be someone who understands him. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home.