THE NEIGHBORHOOD airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and streams on CBS All Access.

THANKS TO A BLAZING hot end-of-summer day, it’s a little stuffy in The Neighborhood’s production office in Studio City, California. Yet when the sophomore sitcom’s two main stars, Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield, arrive for a chat just ahead of a cast table read, the room suddenly exudes cool. Greenfield, snazzy in what Instagrammers might call “athleisure wear” (off-white casual-chic pants and shirt to match), shows the engaging charms—but not the puppy-dog neediness—of his character Dave Johnson, a small-town Midwesterner starting a new life with his family in a mostly black section of L.A. And the man born Cedric Antonio Kyles, stand-up comedy legend or not, carries himself with enough humility—and his own casual élan—to be dubbed Cedric the Walking Chill Pill. (His guarded Neighborhood alter ego, the Dave-resistant Calvin Butler, might take some cues!)

Even more heartening—right up there with the suddenly blowing air conditioner—is seeing the duo’s thoughtful and playful friendship in action. “We’ll crack a joke and it

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