NBC has finally reset the date for an episode of The Carmichael Show that deals with the aftermath of a mass shooting, EW has confirmed.
“Shoot-Up-Able” was slated to air June 14, but the network opted at the last minute to pull it from the schedule after one shooting at a Republican Congressional baseball team practice in Virginia left four people injured and another at a UPS facility in California left three people dead and two more wounded.
The Carmichael Show is a critic-friendly family comedy that delves into topics such as gun control and sexual assault, and this episode focuses on the emotional fallout of a deadly mall shooting that Jerrod (Jerrod Carmichael) witnessed. “The family tries to get Jerrod to talk about his feelings about it,” Carmichael told EW last month. It did not depict the actual shooting.
Carmichael expressed his dissatisfaction about NBC’s decision to yank the episode to Chelsea Handler on her Netflix talk show, saying, “A lot of times when things like this happen and someone wants to talk about it in an outlet that’s not the news, people will say, ‘Too soon.’ But when is it not too soon? Unfortunately, these things happen constantly and it’s a thing that breaks all of our hearts. … I understand a corporation making that decision, but really, to me, what it says is you don’t think America is smart enough to handle real dialogue and something that reflects real family conversations and something that feels honest and true and still respects the victims. We handled the episode with as much love and integrity as we could. To pull that is just criminal. It does a disservice to the viewer, it does a disservice to you, it does a disservice to all of us.”
A few days later, he explained to IndieWire that he was appreciative of the dialogue that he had with NBC Entertainment chairmen Bob Greenblatt about the episode. “Ultimately, the network’s largest fears won out and they decided not to air it,” Carmichael said. “But it was a great moment for me and Bob Greenblatt talking about this. He was very thoughtful about it and he had a lot of real things to say, a lot of real concerns, and I think we handled it. It was a very great collaborative moment. It, unfortunately, did not produce the result that I think we wanted.”
Viewers will finally get to see the results of Carmichael’s efforts Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.