NBC has set Wednesday, August 5, for the season debuts of a new hour-long block of comedies, with “Mr. Robinson” at 9 pm, immediately followed by “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 pm. And we now have our first look at footage from both upcoming new series.
“Mr Robinson” follows the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, Craig (played by Craig Robinson) who knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes his money, while he waits for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The school principal (played by Peri Gilpin) believes that rules were made to be strictly upheld. She’s none too fond of Craig’s unorthodox teaching style, or his crush on the pretty English teacher (played by Meagan Good). It’s a constant struggle for Craig, having one foot in the music world with his band, Nasty Delicious, and one foot in the teaching world. But if Craig wants to get the girl of his dreams and teach these kids the joys of music, he’ll have to buckle down and shape up.
“Mr. Robinson” is inspired by Robinson’s own real-life experiences as a music teacher.
The series is written by Mark Cullen & Robb Cullen, who are also serving as executive producers, with Howard Klein (“Parks and Recreation”), Mark Schulman (“Chelsea Lately”) and Andy Ackerman (“Seinfeld”).
I should note that Meagan Good will also star in the Fox serial adaptation of “Minority Report,” which was ordered to series as I announced on this blog yesterday.
And at 9:30pm, “The Carmichael Show,” which hails from Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller (“Neighbors”), is an irreverent sitcom inspired by Jerrod’s real-life relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father (played by David Alan Grier), his therapist-in training girlfriend (Amber Stevens), his ever-hustling brother (Lil Rel), and his mother (Loretta Devine), who is always, always, always right with Jesus.
“The Carmichael Show” is exec produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan.
Neither series has been given a full order yet (just 6 episodes each to start), so both will be over by the end of September, when the fall TV season really begins. I assume that if the 6 episodes perform very well, NBC will order more.
Watch the first trailers for both new series below…