Australian comedian Josh Lawson has been cast in a comedy pilot for CBS titled “Welcome to the Neighbourhood”. The recent Academy Award nominee (for short film “The Eleven O’Clock”) has been set as a lead in the multi-camera comedy pilot alongside Tichina Arnold.
According to Deadline, “Welcome to the Neighbourhood” centres on Dave (Lawson), the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.
Lawson’s Dave is the most polite Midwestern guy you’ll ever meet who works as a conflict resolution expert, a job that calls for a friendly nature, and excellent diplomatic skills. He and his wife and son have moved from Michigan to live in their dream home, a vintage Craftsman house, in Pasadena. He realizes when they arrive that connecting with their new community is a more complex and delicate endeavor than he expected.
Arnold will play Loretta, Calvin’s (Cedric the Entertainer) wife. She’s the mother of Malcolm and Marty, and is very devoted to her faith. She judges the newcomers to her neighborhood by their knowledge of Scripture (nonexistent) and their Sunday service attendance record (shockingly poor!).
In addition to Cedric, Lawson and Arnold join previously cast Christian Camargo, Sheaun McKinney and Marcel Spears. The show has been written by Jim Reynolds and directed by James Burrows.