NBC’s new summer comedy The Carmichael Show looks forward to tackling tough subjects like the Ferguson riots and Barack Obama.
“Our intention is to talk about things, like to actually reflect the conversations that are being had in living rooms amongst families, amongst couples,” Jerrod Carmichael says, per The Hollywood Reporter. “A lot of comedy seems so isolated and it seems removed from our daily realities, and it’s criminal not to talk about these things.
“It’s criminal not to reflect the real conversations that America is having, especially at this time when it’s all about conversations.”
The Carmichael Show, slated to premiere Wed., Aug. 5 at 9:30 p.m., will focus on Carmichael’s relationship with his family and girlfriend while touching on “hot button topics.”
Carmichael says he looked to shows like All in the Family and The Cosby Show as a vision of dynamic and honest television families. “I’m hoping that the show is compared as much to Black-ish as All in the Family as Modern Family,” he says.
Last month, the show nabbed NBC’s first new comedy spot for the 2015-16 season. The Carmichael Show will also star Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier, Lil Rel Howery and Amber West.
Devine adds, “I think we’re going to get to discuss things that really need to be discussed.”