Unscripted

LeBron James, HBO to open up “The Shop” in late August

Basketball legend LeBron James and producing partner Maverick Carter are bringing their unscripted series The Shop — an “unfiltered” talk show set in a barbershop that will feature guests from ...
July 26, 2018

Basketball legend LeBron James and producing partner Maverick Carter are bringing their unscripted series The Shop — an “unfiltered” talk show set in a barbershop that will feature guests from the worlds of sports and entertainment — to HBO.

Set to premiere on August 28, the first episode will see James and Carter discuss myriad topics with such guests as Snoop Dogg, Odell Beckham Jr., Alvin Kamara, Draymond Green, Candace Parker and Jon Stewart.

While an exact number of episodes have not yet been revealed, the series will set up shop in various barbershops around the country with different guests, in an environment designed to encourage free-flowing discussions on areas ranging from sports to music, or from pop culture to world events.

The series, which will air periodically through the year, marks a collaboration between the premium cable network and Uninterrupted, James and Carter’s digital media company. HBO has also teamed up with SpringHill Entertainment, also overseen by James and Carter, for the college sports doc Student Athlete, which will premiere on October 2.

“Anyone who has been in a real barbershop, like the ones where I grew up, knows why this show can be so incredible,” said James in a statement. “I’m really excited HBO believed in our idea and is helping us create something special.”

“LeBron James told us he wanted to create a place where athletes and artists can come together to share points of view freely,” added Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We are honored they want HBO to be the home of that conversation.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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