Meg DeLoatch Talks Taking Over 'The Neighborhood' And Holding Hollywood Accountable
Meg DeLoatch is taking the wheel network television’s top comedies. As the newly named executive producer for CBS’ The Neighborhood, the showrunner is now the first-ever Black woman to serve as showrunner on a comedy in the network’s 94-year history.
Though the multi-cam sitcom starring Cedric the Entertainer, Tichina Arnold, and Max Greenfield is steadily gaining steam with viewers, it already has a loyal fanbase eager to tune in for family-friendly yet socially relevant laughs each week. While DeLoatch hopes to expand the show’s storytelling, she has no plans of trying to “fix” what’s already working.
“The show has a great audience and great numbers, so the show’s clearly not broken,” DeLoatch says of the CBS comedy. “My hope is that we’re going to be able to spend a little more time with these characters, get to know them more. Get to know some of the characters we haven’t had a chance to explore as much, including Calvin’s two sons, Marty and Malcolm.”
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“So I just feel like it’s more of this. How about mo’ betta, how about that?” She laughed.
DeLoatch was passed the reigns from show creator Jim Reynolds upon his exit early last summer. Having already created and executive-produced successes like Family Reunion, Fuller House, Raven’s Home, and Eve, the showrunner is clearly more than capable. She feels that the trick to taking over an already thriving program like this one is all about learning the “company culture,” so to speak.
“It’s never easy being the new one, right?” she says about hopping in the show’s driver’s seat. “But, I’ve been blessed in that I was able to hire my writing staff. And I feel like I’m being supported by a really dynamic group of people helping me to tell these stories.”
“Sometimes you have to learn. I’ve watched every episode of the show and you have to sort of immerse yourself in the culture of the show.”
With any luck, DeLoatch will be able to help carry The Neighborhood into greater recognition among fans and among television awards committees. No stranger to the awards circuit herself, the EP has had to go to bat for the decidedly Black shows she runs to make sure that they’re recognized just as much as their less-ethnically diverse counterparts.