Ultimately, the network has decided to drop Craig Robinson comedy “Mr. Robinson” after just one season, while keeping Jerrod Carmichael’s “The Carmichael Show” for another round. Both shows were given effectively six-episode tryouts over the course of three weeks this summer to find an audience, which is reasonably similar (though on a smaller scale) to what “Undateable” had during its own first season on the network.
Ratings-wise, there was not too much distance between the two shows, though Carmichael’s fared slightly better and can at least boast to being the top summer comedy NBC has had on the air in quite some time. Creatively is where the real difference seems to lie. While “Mr. Robinson” was for the most part received negatively, there was at least a slightly following behind “The Carmichael Show,” or at least a large enough one to ensure that it would get another chance to shine on the air at some point in the future.
Given that “Undateable” and new comedy “Truth Be Told” are the only new comedies on the NBC fall schedule, and they are both stuck on Friday for some terrible reason, this is a network that needs to find a way to bring some more success to the table. Hopefully, “The Carmichael Show” can be something that they can promote and get behind as they continue to look for something in this genre to hang their hat on.
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