After back-and-forth negotiations between NBC and 20th Century Fox Television, “The Carmichael Show” has finally been renewed for a third season, Variety has learned. The network and studio have settled on a 13-episode order for Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed comedy.
The renewal comes shortly after NBC Entertainment Chair Bob Greenblatt spoke to reporters this morning about “The Carmichael Show” sitting in limbo.
“I was hoping we would have it by now. We’re just going back and forth with the studio about the number of episodes and just haven’t come to terms. Hopefully we’ll resolve it soon,” Greenblatt said on today’s press call.
Inspired by the life and comedy of stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael, “The Carmichael Show” follows Jerrod and his opinionated southern family as they reluctantly deal with modern-day America knocking at their front door. The show covers topics of religion, sex, politics, mental health and gender identity, and has tackled controversial subject matter such as Black Lives Matter and the Bill Cosby scandal.
David Alan Grier stars as Carmichael’s father, Loretta Devine plays his devoutly religious mother, Amber Stevens West plays his progressive fiancée, Rel Howery plays his brother and Tiffany Haddish plays Howery’s estranged and outspoken wife.
The series debuted as a summer show with a six-episode run. In its second season, it struggled in the ratings, averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. However, NBC does not have any other returning comedies on the 2016-2017 slate, other than “Superstore,” which is getting a hard push Thursday nights this fall. (See NBC’s full fall schedule here.) The critical praise for “Carmichael Show,” in addition to the network’s desire to find a bigger comedy presence, likely helped with the Season 3 renewal.
“The Carmichael Show” hails from Twentieth Century Fox Television and Universal Television.