4:03pm PT by Kate Stanhope
NBC Pushes 'The Carmichael Show' Premiere, Doubles Up on 'Mr. Robinson'
The Carmichael Show is being pushed back.
NBC has moved the premiere of the new comedy, created by and starring stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael, from Aug. 5 to Aug. 26, the network announced Friday.
The rookie entry was slated to follow fellow first-year sitcom Mr. Robinson, which premieres Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. Instead, NBC will air back-to-back episodes of Mr. Robinson, starring Office alum Craig Robinson, at 9 p.m. for three weeks, and then air three weeks of back-to-back episodes of The Carmichael Show in the same time slot.
NBC is hoping that both comedies will now be able to benefit from continued ratings performer America's Got Talent, which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Each show's first season order consists of six episodes.
It's been a long road from script to screen for both Mr. Robinson and The Carmichael Show. Mr. Robinson received a pilot order in 2013 before being reworked as a multicam sitcom and adding Mark and Robb Cullen as showrunners. NBC picked up the show to series in early 2014. The brothers exec produce with Howard Klein, Mark Schulman and Andy Ackerman. The series hails from Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Carmichael first signed on with NBC in late 2013, shortly before his breakout role in Neighbors and his first HBO special. His first pilot was not picked up by the network, but was reworked the following season and ordered to series in March. From Universal Television and 20th Century Fox Television, The Carmichael Show is exec produced by Carmichael, Nick Stoller, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Ravi Nandan.
This is the latest summer scheduling change for NBC, which moved freshman drama Aquarius and the critically adored but recently canceled Hannibal from Thursdays to Saturdays.