'The Neighborhood' season 2: Release date, plot, cast, and everything you need to know about CBS' family comedy
Featuring Max Greenfield and Cedric the Entertainer, the show revolves around racial themes when a white family moves into an African-American neighborhood.
'The Neighborhood' was one of three shows featuring people of color in lead roles that CBS ordered to series in 2018. Following a successful first season run, the sitcom was renewed in January 2019 and is set to premiere this fall. Featuring Max Greenfield and Cedric the Entertainer, the show follows the story of what happens when a white family moves from Michigan to a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles. The show is based on creator Jim Reynolds's childhood experience of the same.
Season 2 will premiere on CBS on September 23, 2019.
Max Greenfield plays Dave Johnson, who moves with his wife Gemma (Beth Behrs) and son Grover (Hank Greenspan) from Michigan to Los Angeles, following Gemma's acceptance of a new job as a school principal. Dave is a professional conflict negotiator and just wants to be a good neighbor. Everyone from the Butler family welcomes the Johnsons, except for the patriarch, Calvin Butler, played by Cedric the Entertainer. Calvin is worried that Dave's move will prompt other middle-class white people to move into the predominantly black neighborhood and change things -- after all, gentrification is not uncommon with historically black neighborhoods.
Through season 1, Dave just tries to get familiar with Calvin, his friends, and the other neighbors, hoping to get Calvin to like him. The show tries to explore the changing dynamics between white people and African-Americans, but also how white privilege plays a major role in society today.
Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric the Entertainer is an American actor and comedian best known for his voice roles in movies like 'Ice Age', 'Madagascar', and 'Charlotte's Web'. He has also acted in 'Why Him?' and 'Big Momma's House'. Cedric plays the role of Calvin Butler in the series.
Max Greenfield is best known for his role in 'New Girl'. He has also acted in 'Ugly Betty' and 'Veronica Mars'. Max plays the role of Dave Johnson who moves into Calvin's neighborhood.
Beth Behrs is best known for her role in '2 Broke Girls'. Her acting credits also include 'The Big Bang Theory'. Beth plays Gemma, Dave's wife in the series.
Tichina Arnold is an actress and singer who has previously acted in 'Everybody hates Chris' and 'Survivor's Remorse'. In the freshman comedy Arnold plays Tina, the wife and foil to Cedric the Entertainer's Calvin.
Jim Reynolds based 'The Neighborhood' on his own family's move into an African-American neighboorhood when he was a child. Reynolds worked as a writer and producer on 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Samantha Who?'.
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