*NBC has renewed its new comedy “The Carmichael Show” for a second season, but the network has given up on “Mr. Robinson” after its freshman run.
According to Deadline.com, both “Mr. Robinson” and “Carmichael” have had decent ratings, but critics have rallied behind “Carmichael,” comparing the comedy’s social commentary to “All In The Family” with its recent episodes on race and religion.
The show, created by and starring comic Jerrod Carmichael, draws on real life experiences with his say-anything contrarian father (played by David Alan Grier), his therapist-in-training girlfriend (Amber Stevens), his ever-hustling brother (Lil Rel Howery) and his mother who is always, always, always right with Jesus (Loretta Devine).
According to NBC, Wednesday’s 9 p.m. episode of “The Carmichael Show” (4.7 million viewers) was the most-watched summer comedy on the Big 4 networks in eight years and tied for the No. 1 summer comedy over that span in adults 18-49. “Carmichael,” created by and starring Jerrod Carmichael, also posted a Week 2 ratings increase, while “Mr. Robinson” dropped after a promising start.
“We’re extremely proud of ‘The Carmichael Show,’ and Jerrod’s voice and point of view is a breath of fresh air in a comedy series,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “This show made a big impact with viewers and critics because it’s funny and relatable but also because it’s fearless about discussing issues that are significant in the world today.”
Both Carmichael Show and Mr. Robinson took a long road to the screen. NBC originally ordered a presentation starring Carmichael in 2014. It didn’t make the cut but came in stronger than anyone expected, and after some redevelopment, last summer NBC ordered a full-blown pilot, which led to a series pickup. Originally developed and piloted by NBC sibling Universal TV, the comedy became a co-production with 20th TV, which became the leading studio, when Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, under a deal at 20th TV, came on board as a showrunner of the the series.
Mr. Robinson, starring The Office alum Craig Robinson, was originally picked up to pilot in 2013 with Greg Daniels executive producing. A year later, the project was ordered to series with a new creative team, Mark Cullen and Rob Cullen, while Daniels, the original pilot’s writer, Owen Ellickson, as well as Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green, who helped rewrite the pilot script, departing. The school comedy was redeveloped and largely recast, except for Robinson. Universal TV and 3 Arts produced.