The Neighborhood is more than your average comedy series, and if you’re an avid watcher of the show, you probably know that the show is about a white Midwestern family that needs to adjust to moving into a predominantly African American neighbourhood in Pasadena, California.
However, Arnold suggested to CBS Local, that The Neighborhood is going to make a lot more people socially conscious and aware of the cultural differences which exist between the two families. “We’re doing it in a funny way and in a way that it’s palatable for everybody to digest our differences,” she said.
It was important for Jim Reynolds, who is The Neighborhoods’ screenwriter, and for the rest of the team to maintain the integrity of the show whilst raising important issues. “We’re talking about gentrification still, we’re talking about all of these social issues that we need to talk about,” Arnold explained.
The characters also form an important role in addressing these cultural issues as well. Not only will The Neighborhood introduce more characters, but the characters interact with each other a lot more in season 2, Arnold explained. “You’re going to see a lot of interaction with me and Max’s (Dave Johnson) character. We’re going to be intertwined a little bit more this season.”
Touching more on her character, Tina, Arnold suggested that audiences can look forward to finding little bits and pieces about Tina that will surprise a lot of people.
“It’s fun. Every time I open a script it’s something new, it’s something that I think will be very interesting for the audience to watch. We just want to keep it fresh. We want to keep you laughing. We want you to fall over with laughter because when there’s no more laughter, we’ll all be crying…I don’t want to cry. I want to laugh.”
Catch Tichina Arnold on The Neighborhood, Thursdays at 19:30 exclusively on 1 Magic, DStv Channel 103.