‘The Carmichael Show’ Renewal In Limbo
NBC has to make a renewal decision about The Carmichael Show, as the options on the actors expire on June 30, according to a report. 20th TV, the leading studio on show that stars Jerrod Carmichael, co-producing with Universal TV, and Legendary TV/ABC Studios, will have to pick up the options on the actors for the series to stay alive.
Reportedly, 20th TV has quietly sent out feelers to other networks to gauge potential interest in case NBC opts to cancel the show after three seasons. According to a report,
The Carmichael Show, a rare critically acclaimed multi-camera sitcom, scored a dramatic eleventh hour renewal last year, with a deal coming after NBC had announced its fall schedule and its executive had faced questions about the show’s uncertain future. Season three was produced for midseason but was held until May 31. There were concerns that the delay would chip away at the show’s timeliness, which had been part of its DNA, taking on hot-button subjects like police violence. But Season three had proven unexpectedly timely — NBC even moved to postpone at the last minute last week’s episode, which deals with a mass shooting as it fell on a day of two real-life mass shootings in the U.S., including the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice. The network’s decision was publicly criticized by Carmichael who called it “criminal.”
Ratings-wise, The Carmichael Show has been stable four episodes in. The Carmichael Show is a series created by Nicholas Stoller, Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, and Willie Hunter that premiered on August 26, 2015, on NBC. The show follows a fictional version of comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s family, set in Charlotte, North Carolina. Family members include Jerrod’s father Joe, mother Cynthia, and brother Bobby. Other characters include Maxine, Jerrod’s live-in girlfriend (later fiancé), and Bobby’s wife Nekeisha, from whom he’s recently separated. Episodes often tackle serious societal issues in a humorous context.