NBC has added to its busy summer slate, pairing new comedies “Mr. Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show” for an hour block on Wednesday and scheduling eight more new and returning series that will premiere between Memorial Day and early August.
New alternative entries “The Island” and “I Can Do That” are the first newcomers to come aboard, and each will get a lead-in from “American Ninja Warrior,” which had been previously announced for a May 25 premiere date.
“The Island,” based on the hit Channel 4 U.K. series of the same name, sends 14 American men to a deserted island with only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival skills. The twist is that there will be no prizes, eliminations, winners or producers. The six-episode series comes from Endemol Shine North America and Bear Grylls Ventures and will air Mondays at 10 starting May 25.
One night later, on Tuesday at 10 p.m. behind “America’s Got Talent,” NBC will debut variety series “I Can Do That,” from Universal Television. Hosted by Marlon Wayans, the series features six celebrities performing breathtaking and unique acts trying to prove to the audience that “they can do that!”
Next up is competition series “Food Fighters,” which will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting July 2.
The following week, on July 7, the Jane Lynch-hosted “Hollywood Game Night” (pictured) returns for its third season — airing at 10 p.m. behind “America’s Got Talent” after “I Can Do That” has ended its run. “Game Night” has been a solid summer performer for NBC (rising in its second year) despite little lead-in support; having “Talent” could vault it to another ratings level.
“Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” the second Grylls series from NBC this summer, returns for its second season on Monday, July 13 at 10 p.m., taking over for “The Island” after it concludes on July 6.
“Last Comic Standing” kicks off its season Wednesday, July 22, with a two-hour episode (9-11 p.m.) before sliding into its regular 10 o’clock timeslot the following week.
Switching gears to comedy, NBC will be debut the second season of “Welcome to Sweden,” created by Greg Poehler and based on events in his life. It will air back-to-back episodes in the 8 o’clock hour starting July 19.
And capping the net’s summer programming launches are new laffers “Mr. Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show,” which will air in the 9 o’clock hour on Wednesdays starting Aug. 5. The net did not announce what will serve as the lead-in to “Mr. Robinson.”
“Mr. Robinson” stars Craig Robinson as the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious who takes on a job as a substitute high school music teacher. It’s inspired by Robinson’s real-life experiences as a music teacher and also stars Peri Gilpin as the school principal.
Writers Mark Cullen & Robb Cullen (“Back in the Game,” “Lucky”) serve as executive producers with Howard Klein (“Parks and Recreation”), Mark Schulman (“Chelsea Lately”) and Andy Ackerman (“Seinfeld”). “Mr. Robinson” is a production of Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.
“The Carmichael Show,” from the comedy team of Jerrod Carmichael (pictured) and Nick Stoller (“Neighbors”), is inspired by Jerrod’s relationships with his say-anything contrarian father, his therapist-in-training girlfriend and others. It also stars David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine as Jerrod’s father and mother.
Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan serve as executive producers. “The Carmichael Show” is co-produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and Universal Television.
In addition to Thursday’s sked announcements and the previously announced May 25 premiere date for “America’s Got Talent,” NBC earlier this month also set a May 26 debut for “American Ninja Warrior,” which will air on Tuesdays from 8 to 10. And new Charles Manson drama “Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny, and the third season of “Hannibal” will air back-to-back on Thursdays starting May 28 and June 4, respectively.