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New shows helmed by comedians Craig Robinson and Jerrod Carmichael have been green-lit by NBC and finally given an air-date.

The network will premiere both shows on the night of August 5 and plans to move forward with the half-hour comedies as an hour-long block slated for Wednesday nights. The timing of the shared debut night is a hint that NBC is counting on a pair of Black-led shows to gain some ground on other networks relying on the winning formula for shows like ABC’s Black-ish and the record-setting Fox series Empire.

Robinson, who starred in NBC’s The Office for nearly a decade and most recently showed out in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, will see his show hit the small-screen more than two years after NBC first began developing the sitcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, aptly titled Mr. Robinson, tracks the mostly-true-to-life come-up of a funny-guy musician bogged down by a day job and will include a recurrent role played by Meagan Good.

Robinson spoke with The Urban Daily last month about his new movie but also touched on the show.

“Music is my partner,” he said when asked about his career behind the keyboard. “Yeah, stuff like [hosting the ‘American Comedy Awards.’] We just did this Pepsi campaign on the Internet. The next [thing], I have a sitcom called Mr. Robinson, it’s based on me—well, I used to be a school teacher. And pursuing music and comedy at the same time. It’s kind of very loosely based on that period. So it’s me, my band is featured on the show. We’re doing like silly songs in the nightclub. Yeah, that’s what’s up next. We’ll record down the line.”

Meanwhile, Jerrod Carmichael’s The Carmichael Show promises a raunchy take on the actor’s love-life and will star David Alan Grier (of In Living Color) as his father and the comedian Lil Rel as his brother.

Both shows have been officially picked up for just six episodes each to start and have plenty of competition on Wednesday nights.


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