Friday, March 27, 2015

NBC Slots Craig Robinson and Jerrod Carmichael Comedies for Late Summer

According to The Hollywood Reporter, More than two years after NBC first started working on a comedy vehicle for Office alum Craig Robinson, the actor-comedian's sitcom will finally premiere.  The network announced Thursday that Mr. Robinson will bow at 9 p.m. Aug. 5 — where it will be partnered with another comedy, Jerrod Carmichael's The Carmichael Show, airing at 9:30 p.m. It's a comparatively quick turnaround for Carmichael, who saw his vehicle get a six-episode commitment just a month ago.  NBC had been eyeing the two series as a block of programming. And given that both stars are black men, it fits in with broadcast TV's current push for diversity that's been further boosted by the success of Fox's Empire and ABC's Black-ish. The scripted pair will serve as a bit of a bridge from summer to fall, airing six episodes a piece, as the reality-heavy season dies down.