NBC announces summer premiere dates for two new comedies, several reality shows
NBC will premiere a new hour-long comedy block including the shows Mr. Robinson and The Carmichael Show on Wednesday, Aug. 5, the network announced Thursday.
Mr. Robinson tells the story of Craig (Craig Robinson, The Office), a member of the funk band Nasty Delicious who is forced take a day job as a substitute high school music teacher to pay the bills. He runs into trouble with the no-nonsense principal (Peri Gilpin) and develops a crush on the pretty English teacher (Meagan Good) while trying to balance his band life with his desire to teach the kids the joys of music. The series is inspired by Robinson’s real-life experiences as a music teacher. The half-hour show will air at 9 p.m. ET.
The Carmichael Show is a sitcom created by Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller, inspired by Carmichael’s personal relationships with his “say-anything” father, his girlfriend who is training to become a therapist, his brother (a hustler), and his Jesus-obsessed mother. The show also stars David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine as Jerrod’s father and mother. The sitcom will air after Mr. Robinson at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The network has also locked down the slots of their new summer reality shows. The Island will begin airing May 25 after American Ninja Warrior on Mondays. The six-episode series, which has no winner or prizes, leaves 14 men isolated on an island with only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival tools, who must film every moment by themselves.
I Can Do That—a six-episode variety show hosted by Marlon Wayans that will showcase celebrities putting on a live entertainment show with skills they didn’t know they possessed—will start following America’s Got Talent on May 26.
NBC’s returning reality show Food Fighters will air July 2, Hollywood Game Night will return July 7, Running Wild with Bear Grylls comes back July 13 and Last Comic Standing will return July 22. The second season of the comedy Welcome to Sweden will premiere July 19.