A new show that lists LeBron James as one of its executive producers is in the early stages of coming together as a series on NBC.
Nellie Andreeva of Deadline is reporting that NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to “There Goes the Neighborhood,” a comedy being produced in part by LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment and Doozer, the production company owned by Bill Lawrence that is best known for “Scrubs.”
While you may think LeBron has nothing to do with the show aside from being listed as a producer, the writers have likely consulted him for material. The plot of “There Goes the Neighborhood” surrounds the first white family to move into a predominantly black community in Cleveland. James, of course, lives just outside of Cleveland where he was born and raised in Akron.
Springhill Productions, which has a deal with Warner Bros, has now sold two shows in its first TV development season. The company’s most well-known project, the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” is currently in its third season.
Unfortunately, there have been no new developments to report with the sequel everyone wants to know about that could star LeBron. Perhaps Warner Bros will get to that in the near future.
- LeBron James
If there’s one thing you need to do tonight, it’s watch the premiere of “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” on Comedy Central. The show debuts after South Park at 10:30 pm/9:30 central time, so make sure you don’t miss it.
If you follow LBS on social media, you know we’ve been touting the show for a while. And we wouldn’t steer you wrong.
This show centers around three high school freshmen who are benchwarmers on the basketball team, and it’s about their adventures and mishaps. The show has an urban feel to it, and the guys who created it don’t hold back at all. Prepare to be offended and prepare to laugh. It’s about as raunchy as it gets — and therefore not for everyone — but it’s funny as all hell.
Here’s a clip promoting the premiere:
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) September 14, 2016
The show was created by Josiah Johnson and Quinn Hawking, who were both former basketball players at UCLA. I knew them a little at UCLA as our time at school there overlapped, but after school we connected through the sports blog scene. Johnson and Hawking have been working on this show for seven years and tonight is the culmination of years of hard work. We talked more about that in this interview published last year when the show first got picked up.
LBS has watched their ongoing journey, following as they tried to get the show picked up and as they waited until finally getting an air date from Comedy Central. We were at a few table reads for the show and again at the premiere this week. Yes, this show is created by friends of LBS, which is why we support it. No we’re not paid for this and no it’s not an ad. We would never feel comfortable promoting something that’s doodoo, and we are enthusiastically promoting it because IT’S GOOD. Their humor is great, the show is hilarious, and we are giving you the LBS seal of approval for it. Make sure you give it a watch and spread the word!
Ryan Lochte’s first dance on “Dancing With the Stars” was apparently interrupted by two men running on stage wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts.
Lochte is partnered with Cheryl Burke for season 23 of the show, which premiered on Monday. As one of the judges was talking, there was an indication that some people who weren’t supposed to be there had gotten on stage.
The supposed protesters were said to have been handcuffed:
— Jason Nathanson (@ABCNewsJason) September 13, 2016
Lochte is appearing on TV for the first time since he was suspended 10 months by the USOC and USA Swimming for his controversial incident in Rio.
H/T Bro Bible
- Ryan Lochte
Those of you who have enjoyed watching Caitlyn Jenner on her reality television series “I Am Cait” for the past year are going to be disappointed, as the show has been canceled and will not return for a third season.
Jenner broke the news on Twitter Tuesday by thanking E! for rolling with the show for two seasons.
After 2 amazing seasons of @IAmCait, it's time for the next adventure. Thank you E! & thank you to the best girlfriends I could ask for!
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) August 16, 2016
The New York Post reports that ratings for “I Am Cait” dropped significantly in the second season, from a high of 3 million viewers for the series premiere to a low of about 480,000 in Season 2.
Jenner will continue to appear on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
“We are incredibly proud of the two seasons of ‘I Am Cait,’ a groundbreaking docu-series that sparked an important and unprecedented global conversation about transgender people, their struggles and triumphs,” a statement put out by E! read. “Caitlyn and E! have mutually decided not to move forward with another season at this time. She will always remain a part of the E! family, and we look forward to continue following her journey as she appears on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'”
There were reports back in may that claimed Jenner was having a tough time living as a woman and was considering transitioning back to a man, but the former Olympian blasted those rumors.
- Caitlyn Jenner
The NFL is already canvassing potential performers for the Super Bowl LI halftime show, and we can already name one singer who will not be there.
Amid reports that the NFL was in hot pursuit of her for the halftime show, Adele told the crowd at her show in Los Angeles on Saturday night that it wasn’t happening.
“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele said, via Alex Stedman of Variety. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really — I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no.”
At first glance, Adele isn’t really an obvious pick for a Super Bowl audience, but she’s extremely popular and wouldn’t cause any controversy, much like last year’s main act. The NFL’s search, unfortunately for them, will have to go on.
The NFL is not commenting on Mark Wahlberg’s claim that he was hearing from people associated with the league about the content of new HBO TV show “Ballers.”
Wahlberg is an executive producer for “Ballers,” a show featuring The Rock that follows the lives of many fictional characters associated with the NFL. The show has narratives about a former player turned agent; a player who retired but made a comeback; and a hot-shot player struggling with his teammates. It has featured cameos from many famous NFL personalities. The second season premieres on Sunday night.
Wahlberg says the show was a little too realistic, prompting calls from people associated with the league.
“The first season of the show, the only call that I was getting was from guys like Roger Goodell saying ‘you can’t do this,’ and various owners in the league,” Wahlberg told ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” on Friday. “And we’re saying is it’s actually a good thing for the league and for the players because hopefully you get the word out there with the crazy stuff and the financial side of it, we’ll hopefully get these guys to realize they gotta be more careful with what they do with their money.”
In response to Wahlberg’s claim, Pro Football Talk reports that a source told them Goodell never called Wahlberg. The league also declined comment to PFT.
Not only is Ballers apparently rankling some associated with the league because of the show’s content, but it also has been using the trademarks and logos of real NFL teams — another subject the league declined comment on last year. Maybe the league realizes it’s had such bad publicity lately that they don’t need any more of it.
Ron Lester, the man behind the lovable character “Billy Bob” in “Varsity Blues,” died on Friday of liver and kidney failure. He was 45.
Lester was best known for his acting job in Varsity Blues, so as fans of the movie, we feel an obligation to bring you the sentiments shared about him by his co-star, James Van Der Beek (aka Mox), on Twitter Saturday:
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) June 18, 2016
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) June 18, 2016
Lester weighed over 500 pounds at his peak weight but lost nearly 350 pounds after bypass surgery. He was hospitalized in November due to these issues and was in hospice care prior to his death.