NBC Cancels ‘Mr. Robinson’, Renews ‘The Carmichael Show’
NBC has saved one of its best new comedies with a renewal, although it comes at the expense of a comedy with a bigger star attached.
The network has canceled Mr. Robinson, the workplace sitcom starring Craig Robinson, the actor-comedian best known for his TV role on The Office, and his big screen roles in hits like Hot Tub Time Machine and This Is the End. But with that cancellation comes a renewal for The Carmichael Show, a sitcom starring stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West and Lil Rel Howery. The show is semi-autobiographical, adapted from Carmichael’s own comedy, which focuses on the comedian’s relationship with his difficult parents and amateur therapist girlfriend. Following the success of the summer-launched Undateable, which will now go live every week for its third season this year, The Carmichael Show now marks the second successful comedy series in a row to earn a renewal after a summer debut.
“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.”
While this cancellation is bad news for Robinson, I would have made the same choice NBC did, honestly. Although its premise sounds as played out as the old “stand-up comedian adapts his own comedy for network sitcom” shows of the 90s, The Carmichael Show is a much, much deeper show than that. Seriously, for my money, this is the best new network sitcom in YEARS. I can’t remember the last time any three-camera, “live studio audience” sitcom had me busting a gut like this, and it’s due in large part to the strength of this ensemble, and the cleverness of the writing, which focuses on real issues such as gun control, the Black Lives Matter movement, transgender identity and religion. It’s a show I would actually recommend going out of your way to see. It’s absolutely hilarious, and a throwback to the family sitcoms of old, but with an edgier, more modern twist.
But what do you think of the renewal/cancellation? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the renewal/cancellations for 2015, check out our report on the cancellation of Under the Dome!