Jerrod Carmichael Comedy Nabs Series Order at NBC

Marking the network's first new comedy order for the 2015-16 season.
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NBC is moving forward with its Jerrod Carmichael comedy.

The network has handed out a six-episode series order to the twice-developed multicamera entry inspired by the life of the stand-up comedian, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

After first being developed last pilot season, the network opted to take a second stab at the semi-autobiographical comedy and reshot the pilot this season. (The series, after being developed as Go Jerrod Go, is now untitled.)

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From Universal Television, Carmichael stars in the irreverent sitcom inspired by Jerrod's relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father (David Alan Grier), his therapist-in-training girlfriend (Amber West), his ever-hustling brother (Lil Rel Howery) and his mother (Loretta Devine), who is always right with Jesus.

The pilot was written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller (Undeclared, Sex Tape) and is executive produced by A24's Ravi Nandan and directed by Mark Cendrowski.

"We're excited to be going forward to series with Jerrod. We can't wait to see how he and his outstanding cast deliver the funny," NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said.

The comedy — developed off-cycle — narrowly missed a series order last pilot season when it was filmed as a low-budget presentation and was co-written by Mike Pennie. Instead, NBC retooled the pilot into a family-friendly vehicle. In the months in between, Carmichael has seen his star rise following roles in Neighbors — where he worked with Stoller — as well as an HBO stand-up special directed by Spike Lee

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The Carmichael vehicle follows ABC's Cristela Alonzo entry Cristela as passion projects filmed on lower budgets to earn series orders as their respective networks.

Go Jerrod Go in November was NBC's first official pilot order of the 2015-16 season and becomes its first from this development cycle to earn a series pickup after finalizing its cast and completing production ahead of the traditional season.

Go Jerrod Go joins Eva Longoria comedy Telenovela, the latter of which was picked up straight to series, as NBC's lone comedies set for next season. The network, which saw its longest-running comedy Parks and Recreation end this season, has not made any decisions on the fate of lone holdover About a Boy, bubble rookie Marry Me, the yet-to-debut One Big Happy and still unscheduled Mr. Robinson. Meanwhile, freshman comedies A to Z and Bad Judge have already been canceled as the network continues to focus on drama.

The series comes as diversity has been a major theme of the current broadcast season following the success of ABC's Blackish and Fox's Empire, among others.

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