TNT has greenlighted The Race Card, a six-episode series from NBA analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley that will examine the deep political divisions in American culture. Set to premiere in early 2017 and coming after the conclusion of a bitter election year, the show will feature Barkley embarking on a personal journey to understand why the country is so divided.
Decrying partisan politics and entrenched corporate interests, the show aims to “bust up the echo-chamber mentality,” each week taking a look at the hardened positions around the day’s hot-button issues, with an emphasis on America’s racial divide. Barkley will tap varied points of view from tastemakers and cultural leaders, with the intent being to challenge and test deeply held beliefs taken as fact, with Barkley even trying the positions on himself before reaching his own conclusions.
“We as Americans never discuss the issue of race in this country, and how it impacts everything in our lives, until something bad happens,” Barkley said about the show. “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”
The Race Card is produced by Turner’s in-house outfit Studio T in association with DocShop Inc. and Kin Studios. Barkley, Lee Gaither, Marc Perman and Emmy-winner Dan Partland (Intervention) are executive producing the new series.