NBC family comedy will riff on Republican frontrunner, 2016 presidential election
Mr. Trump, The Carmichael Show is ready to analyze you from all angles — and for all kinds of laughs.
The season 2 finale of the provocative NBC family comedy starring Jerrod Carmichael will be a Trump-themed episode, the network has confirmed. The critic-friendly show has taken on such hot-button topics such as gun control, the Black Lives Matter movement, Islamaphobia, and gender identity; last month, the show turned heads with a well-crafted episode that delved into the controversy around Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women (Cosby denies any wrongdoing), and issues of hero worship.
The May 29 episode, which was written by Carmichael and fellow co-creator Nicholas Stoller, takes on the looming election and the divisive appeal of the frontrunning Republican candidate, but also will address all the presidential hopefuls. The plot begins with one of the family members deciding to vote for Trump after meeting him when he was in Charlotte for a rally. “This isn’t just a ‘Donald Trump is crazy’ episode. It’s really just a, ‘Well, what does this say about America?'” Carmichael told The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news. “I think Donald Trump, more than any candidate in history, has really held a mirror up to America.”
Trump has been a loaded topic at NBC, as is Cosby, who starred in multiple shows on the network, including The Cosby Show. Trump enjoyed a lengthy relationship with NBC, serving as host of The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice before NBC severed ties with him last year. Citing his “derogatory” comments about Mexican immigrants, the network announced that it would no longer air Trump’s beauty pageants, Miss USA and Miss Universe — and noted that he had already indicated that he wouldn’t be participating in Celebrity Apprentice moving forward. Things between the two parties improved enough for him to host Saturday Night Live and appear on The Tonight Show.
Carmichael talked about Trump during his March appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “As someone who recently moved to a new tax bracket, I think he has some interesting ideas sometimes. Every now and then,” he said. “I’ve realized a thing that I may agree with Trump on: the wall…. I don’t like hearing him talk about the wall, but I like the idea of a wall. And it’s not that I’m anti-Mexican, but I am pro-wall. Walls are amazing. We have them in our homes for a reason.”
When Colbert asked Carmichael if he had just endorsed Trump, Carmichael exclaimed, “No! No!” before quipping, “I’ve got to think about it. I’ve got to make sure I’m not. I’ll let you know in a couple weeks.”