NBC has decided against airing new comedies “Mr. Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show” back-to-back for six weeks when they premiere next month, and instead will air each in hourlong blocks for three weeks.
Networks have not had much luck launching two new comedies back to back, and this move will give audiences “a chance to fully engage” with the new half-hours, NBC said Friday.
“Mr. Robinson,” starring Craig Robinson as a teacher who is also the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, will air back-to-back episodes in the 9 o’clock hour starting Aug. 5. A “World’s Got Talent” special will air in the 8 p.m. hour, featuring the most memorable acts from “Got Talent” productions around the globe.
Live episodes of “America’s Got Talent” will serve as lead-in for “Mr. Robinson” on Aug. 12 and 19, and will remain in the 8 o’clock hour for the three weeks of “The Carmichael Show,” a family comedy from Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller that bows Aug. 26.