NBC has been struggling to recapture its spot as king of the sitcom. Once home to series like Friends, the Cosby Show, and A Different World, NBC has just one hour of sitcoms schedule for its fall lineup. This summer, the network rolled out six-episodes of Mr. Robinson, and tonight they’re giving yet another summer comedy series a turn.
Based Jerrod Carmichael’s life, The Carmichael Show centers around the comic’s outspoken family and his relationship with his soon-to-be therapist girlfriend. The show stars David Allen-Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber West, and Lil Rel Howery.
Carmichael told the Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to write a show that was funny, but also touch on important issues in the Black community.
“I think the American television audience is more intelligent than ever. They’re very intelligent and I think that people are able to handle an argument, they’re able to handle a point of view that’s different from their’s, but a lot of comedies – not just comedies but a lot of shows are still created in the space of keeping a demo,” he explained. “I’m aware that our primary goal here is to sell more Charmin, but at the same time while doing that, I think you still can have things with perspective.”
It remains to be seen if The Carmichael Show will be able to do just that.
Take a look at the trailer.
The Carmichael Show premieres tonight at 9pm on NBC.