Sunday, May 15, 2016

NBC Renews 'The Carmichael Show' for Season 3

Heading into this morning's schedule announcement, The Carmichael Show was the only series whose fate had yet to be decided by NBC for the 2016-17 season. And now, after prolonged negotiations between the network and studio, the show is officially coming back for a third season.

Earlier this morning, NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt spoke on a conference call with reporters about the network's schedule for the upcoming season. In it, he said he was very bullish about the return of The Carmichael Show. The back-and-forth between the network and the studio - 20th Century Fox Television - was largely about the episode count for the third season. And now, both sides have settled on a 13 episode run.

Because of the late renewal, it's currently unclear when the comedy will return. The network only has plans for a one hour comedy block in the fall - to be comprised of returning comedy Superstore and new series The Good Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. A midseason debut is likely - similar to the second season this spring.

The Carmichael Show has earned a ton of critical acclaim across its two seasons because of its willingness to tackle tough and sensitive subjects such as gun control, gender identity, depression, gentrification and even former NBC star Bill Cosby. The second season finale set to air on Sunday, May 29 will focus on Donald Trump.

In its second season, the comedy has been averaging a 1.4 rating in the key Adults 18-49 demographic in Live+7 numbers. That's up slightly from its first season run in the late summer.

The comedy stars Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier.

Carmichael, Nicholas Stoller, Ari Katcher and Willie Hunter created the series. Carmichael and Stoller executive produce with Ravi Nandan and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. The series is a co-production between 20th Century Fox Television and Universal Television.