LeBron James’ barber shop show The Shop will premiere on HBO in August. The premiere is set for Tuesday, August 28th at 11 PM and will feature James, Maverick Carter, Snoop Dogg,
Odell Beckham Jr., Alvin Kamara, Draymond Green, Candace Parker, and Jon Stewart.
HBO’s release promises “free-flowing discussions” about a variety of topics.
THE SHOP gives viewers an unprecedented barbershop experience, which for many provides a sanctuary for spirited, free-flowing discussions. The series will visit barber shops around the country to gather distinguished individuals who can speak honestly on sports, music, pop culture, world events, business and other culturally relevant topics.
“THE SHOP is exactly why we created UNINTERRUPTED,” says LeBron James. “Anyone who has been in a real barbershop, like the ones where I grew up, knows why this show can be so incredible. 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,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We are honored they want HBO to be the home of that conversation. We are pleased to partner with LeBron, Maverick Carter and UNINTERRUPTED on THE SHOP.”
Past the first episode, the schedule is a bit hazy. HBO’s release notes that The Shop “will air periodically throughout the year”.
Last month, HBO announced that James would serve as executive producer on a documentary called Student Athlete, taking a critical look at the NCAA. The film premieres October 2nd. A year ago, James and HBO were reportedly collaborating on a comedy about sneaker culture, but today, there doesn’t appear to be much news on the progress of that project.
This spring, James and Uninterrupted got into a copyright battle with the University of Alabama over the barber shop show, which eventually led to Nick Saban and James doing some light sparring in the media. James and Uninterrupted also were sued by a Michigan man over copyrights related to The Shop, but it appears nothing came of that complaint either.