NBC has set Wednesday, August 5, for a new hour-long block of comedies with “Mr. Robinson” premiering at 9 pm, immediately followed by “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 pm.
“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.
Brandon T. Jackson plays Craig’s character’s brother and partner in the duo’s band called The Filthy Gentleman, further described as a charismatic lady-killer who has never held a regular job, thanks to his musical talents, and who thinks Craig’s dedication to his students is a waste of time.
Amandla Stenberg plays a spunky, fearless and smart 8th grader, desperate to learn to sing despite the fact that she can’t, with Craig’s character reluctant to teach her.
“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”).
The series has been given a full order yet (just 6 episodes to start though), so it’ll 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.
Ahead of the series’ August 5 premiere, NBC has released a series of behind-the-scenes videos, including on-camera interviews with its key cast talking about their individual characters, as well as some b-roll.