Some good and bad news for a pair of NBC comedies. First, the good: The Carmichael Show has been picked up for a second season, the network announced Monday.
“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,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a press release. “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.”
The show is also attempting to discuss contemporary American issues, such as race, in an unfamiliar arena: the multi-cam sitcom. “Our intention is to talk about things, like to actually reflect the conversations that are being had in living rooms amongst families, amongst couples,” star and co-creator Jerrod Carmichael said earlier this year.
“A lot of comedy seems so isolated and it seems removed from our daily realities, and … it’s criminal not to reflect the real conversations that America is having, especially at this time when it’s all about conversations.”
It also helped that people tuned in: According to NBC, the 9 p.m. episode on Wednesday was the most-watched summer comedy on the Big 4 networks in eight years. It tied for the No. 1 summer comedy over that span in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Co-created by Carmichael and Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller, season 1 earned garnered generally positive reception in its six-episode debut season.
The same can’t be said of the other summer comedy on the Peacock, Mr. Robinson, which was canceled, EW confirmed. The Craig Robinson (The Office) teacher comedy never picked up the ratings and positive reviews of Carmichael in its six-episode premiere campaign in August.
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