NBC has made calls on their scripted summer series, opting to bring back the very well-received The Carmichael Show for a second season to air in 2016. Additionally, the network has cancelled fellow summer comedy Mr Robinson after one six episode season.
The Carmichael Show explores Jerrod Carmichael’s real life relationships with his contrarian father, therapist-in training girlfriend, ever-hustling brother and religious mother. The series is produced by Universal Television and stars Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine (Boston Public), David Alan Grier (Bad Teacher), Amber West (Criminal Minds) and Lil Rey Howery (Lucas Bros Moving Co).
Mr. Robinson follows the eponymous character who is a talented musician who must adjust to his new life as a middle school music teacher, where he maneuvers precocious kids, teacher politics, and the temptations of single moms. The comedy series, which was initially picked up to series in January 2014, is a co-production between 20th Century Fox Television & Universal Television and stars Craig Robinson, Peri Gilpin and Meagan Good.
Both series were neck and neck in the ratings, with today’s decisions said to have been based in large part on the critical reception, where The Carmichael Show had the edge. Carmichael debuted to more than 4.8 million viewers and across its three-week/six-episode run averaged just over 4 million viewers. Mr Robinson on the other hand launched to 4.6 million viewers and averaged a live+same day audience of 3.9 million viewers.
“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 Entertainment for NBC. “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.
Notably, this marks the second time in as many years that NBC has effectively relegated a scripted comedy to a summer burn-off only for it to defy expectations and score a second season renewal. The other was Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel’s Undateable, which returns for a third season of entirely live episodes this October.