It probably doesn’t bear repeating here, but I’m going to do it anyway: Since Robert Greenblatt took over as President of NBC in July of 2012, the comedy slate has been in a steep decline. Of the 22 sitcoms he’s greenlit to series, zero have made it to a third season, and assuming that the paltry ratings of Marry Me and About a Boy do not merit renewals, only one sitcom that he’s greenlit that began airing before 2015 remains on the air (Undateable).
In that time, of course, we’ve seen NBC waste the talent of people like J.K. Simmons, Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Kirk, Matthew Perry, Anthony Anderson, Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, Kate Walsh and Josh Gad, just to name a few.
This summer, they’re scheduling two more sitcoms that are very unlikely to make it to October. Whose talent will they waste this time? How about Craig Robinson (from The Office) and Peri Gilpin (Ros from Frasier). Here’s the trailer for Welcome to Mr. Robinson’s World, set to debut in August, which is like screening a Red Carpet premiere at a drive thru theater.
There’s also The Carmichael Show (one of the creators is Nicholas Stoller, who wrote the first Muppets movie and directed Neighbors). It stars David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine (whose voice I can’t hear without thinking of her calling out for the Big Book of Boo Boo in Doc McStuffins):
Did you hear the dated jokes and the laugh track? It’s all part of NBC’s new strategy: Keep shoveling shit down their throats until The Voice craters and Bob Greenblatt’s safety net fails!