Yesha Callahan

Will You Be Watching ‘The Carmichael Show’ When It Premieres Tonight on NBC?

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NBC has been struggling to recapture its spot as king of the sitcom. Once home to series like Friends, the Cosby Show, and A Different World, NBC has just one hour of sitcoms schedule for its fall lineup. This summer, the network rolled out six-episodes of Mr. Robinson, and tonight they’re giving yet another summer comedy series a turn.

Based Jerrod Carmichael’s life, The Carmichael Show centers around the comic’s outspoken family and his relationship with his soon-to-be therapist girlfriend. The show stars David Allen-Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber West, and Lil Rel Howery.

Carmichael told the Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to write a show that was funny, but also touch on important issues in the Black community.

“I think the American television audience is more intelligent than ever. They’re very intelligent and I think that people are able to handle an argument, they’re able to handle a point of view that’s different from their’s, but a lot of comedies – not just comedies but a lot of shows are still created in the space of keeping a demo,” he explained. “I’m aware that our primary goal here is to sell more Charmin, but at the same time while doing that, I think you still can have things with perspective.”

It remains to be seen if The Carmichael Show will be able to do just that.

Take a look at the trailer.

The Carmichael Show premieres tonight at 9pm on NBC.

  1. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    they didn’t advertise this well

    • August 26, 2015 - Reply

      @Allie

      yes, this is my first time hearing of it. . .

      • August 26, 2015 - Reply

        @*NmySkynn70*

        Me too.

        • August 27, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          You didn’t miss anything.

  2. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    I heard of the show from some commercials.

  3. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    I am watching this and it’s pretty bad.

    • August 26, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I am waiting to laugh which is a shame. But I will say, they brought the BLM into it–they are speaking about the killing of unarmed Black folks by police on this ‘comedy.’ Interesting way to get some points across but if Black folks don’t watch this show as a base, not sure how it will survive long enough to get it all the way out there…but hey, it is a national platform.

      • August 26, 2015 - Reply

        @elle D.

        You are keeping it real. Did the first episode have any funny parts in it?

        • August 27, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Sadly, no. I was disappointed.

          • August 27, 2015 - Reply

            @Mary Burrell

            That is disappointing.

        • August 27, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Sorry for late response–but yeah it was a mess. They tried but it looked like an old Black version of All in the Family. DAG and LD deserve better.

          • August 27, 2015 - Reply

            @elle D.

            That’s the vibe that I got from the show. It tried to be like All in the Family or like the Jeffersons.

            • August 27, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              Exactly-

      • August 27, 2015 - Reply

        @elle D.

        I respect them recognizing BLM

    • August 27, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      You are right, MB. It was pretty bad and I was deeply offended. I am feeling despondent that these fine actors demeaned themselves in this show to have a job. The show belittled and demeaned the atrocities faced by Blacks every day. Truly disappointed. This show should be boycotted.

      • August 27, 2015 - Reply

        @mariah asphalt

        That’s despicable–so now dead Black people are funny, and this Carmichael (who is he, and how did he warrant getting his own show when Issa Rae had so much trouble?) blathers on about how “audiences are more intelligent now’. smh

        • August 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Vintage

          What’s dispicable about what I said? What are you talking about. What dead Black people are funny? It is despicable that I said I was deeply offended by this show, etc.? What is the disagreement here? Please enlighten me. I’m with you – who is this Carmichael person?

          • August 28, 2015 - Reply

            @mariah asphalt

            I was not disagreeing with you at all, plz don’t take offense. I think it’s despicable that these human rights issues affecting us are used in a comedy.

            Carmichael is the main actor of the self titled show, which is supposedly based on his life. My point of bringing that up is that a well received web series like Issa Rae’s show has been shelved so long because it’s not rife with stereotypes, but this Carmichael crap here is on network tv.

            • August 29, 2015 - Reply

              @Vintage

              Okay. Whew! I did not take offense, I was baffled. Thanks for clearing that up. It seems that we are all of the same mind about this debacle. I, myself, plan to boycott the show and plan to suggest to everyone I know to do the same. Remember that show that depicted the soros? See what happened to that.

          • August 28, 2015 - Reply

            @mariah asphalt

            He’s a new an upcoming stand up comic. I was listening to a podcast on yesterday and the guest on the podcast was singing this guy’s praises saying how funny and brilliant he was.

            • August 29, 2015 - Reply

              @Mary Burrell

              WHO was singing his praises?

  4. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    I’ve never heard of it, and after reading Mary’s comment, I probably won’t start.

    • August 26, 2015 - Reply

      @Noirluv45

      I didn’t know that the show came on until today. I wonder what the future holds for the show.

      • August 27, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        They will have to get some better writers because the dialogue was awful. I Hope it gets better. I like Lorretta Divine and David Allen Grier they were doing the best they could with what they had.

        • August 27, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          Lorretta Divine and David Allen Grier (who are both talented people) deserve better than this. Better writers are a must if this show is to survive. I certainly agree with your sentiments. i was watching Unsung when the show came on.

          • August 27, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Well some serious retooling is going to have to happen if this show is to live. Right now it’s dead on arrival

            • August 27, 2015 - Reply

              @Mary Burrell

              That is definitely the case. My advice for the show is for it to use Bounce TV’s formula. Allow the characters on the show to be more spontaneous and have a combination of quick witty statements along with more creative humor (in a balanced approach). Retooling is a must.

            • August 27, 2015 - Reply

              @Mary Burrell

              P.S. Youtube has some clips of the show. It reminds me of a Tyler Perry type of shows on the OWN network.

              • August 27, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Yep

                • August 27, 2015 - Reply

                  @Mary Burrell

                  Have a Great Day Sister Mary Burrell.

      • August 27, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        From what Mary said, it sounds like it’ll be short-loved. We shall see.

        • August 27, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          Good Afternoon Sister.

          We shall see indeed. The show reminds me of certain shows.

    • August 27, 2015 - Reply

      @Noirluv45

      Lot of the jokes just were flat. It just wasn’t funny. Reminds me of Tyler Perry stuff and it wasn’t even that good. So that’s saying something right there. Because I think Tyler Perry shows are pretty awful.

      • August 27, 2015 - Reply

        @Mary Burrell

        OK. I now have a good perspective. However, Mary (don’t tell anyone), but I LOVE “The Haves and the Have Nots.” LOL. That’s a very good show. I don’t enjoy TP’s comedy shows.

        • August 27, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          Ok Sis, Your secret is safe with me.

          • August 27, 2015 - Reply

            @Mary Burrell

            I won’t snitch either. 🙂

        • August 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          My mom and sister love that show, its a guilty pleasure but better than when he tries to do comedy.

          • August 28, 2015 - Reply

            @Staci Elle

            It really is good, Staci. I agree, comedy is not his strong suit.

  5. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    i like loretta devine, will give it a try

  6. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    I love loretta devine and amber west but from the couple bits I saw….it was bad and appeared to have bad writing. I will try and watch on hulu to see if it gets better.

    • August 27, 2015 - Reply

      @Mico

      I will wait and see what the future of the show will be. Yes, Loretta Devine is a legend in acting.

      Peace and Blessings to You Sister. 🙂

    • August 27, 2015 - Reply

      @Mico

      It was Pretty bad.

      • August 29, 2015 - Reply

        @Mary Burrell

        I should have just listened to you Mary lol. I just had to go see for myself and I got to where they were making fun of black protesters and ‘looters’. It was terrible and I’m disappointed in the actors and actresses that participated in this mess. My late grandmother’s name was Mary so I should’ve known better lol

  7. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    I couldn’t catch it tonight, but if it has a re-run I will try and watch it but based on the previews it is not on my must see TV list. But I will say I like the show Mr. Robinson.

  8. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    Reasons I will continue to Must See TV, NBC, Wednesdays 9:00pm:

    1) “Loretta Divine”

    2) “David Alan Grier”

    Two super talented individuals!

    • August 31, 2015 - Reply

      @RaiseTheBar

      I’m in the same boat. I caught reruns of the first 2 episodes on Hulu, and it definitely was not great, but I try to be a little optimistic with black folks before I throw in the towel. So I pledged to watch at least 3 episodes before I write it off. Normally I don’t judge any new show by the pilot episode anyway because I already know it’s purpose is just to get the network to greenlight it, so a lot of times it’s really heavy handed with the writing especially for comedies. The second episode didn’t make me feel that much better but I did appreciate the attempt to bring light to BLM early on. So I’ll give it another try.

      • August 31, 2015 - Reply

        @Me

        I “FEEL” what you’ve said!

        Ms. Devine and Mr. Grier chose to
        be part of this — I won’t question why — they are the reasons I
        tuned in; so, for Me, it’s support I would show to FAMILY.

  9. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    I haven’t watched sitcoms in years so nope, I won’t watch it. And that screenshot makes this show look like it came from the 1970’s. People still watch this stuff? Cranky father, doting, shrill mother, rolling eyes reaction shots, etc. Soon as I saw the very lightskinned girl I knew there would be jokes about being half white. That was funny and original when George Jefferson did it, now it’s lazy. And what is so funny about #BLM, and unarmed Black people being killed? The only time racism is addressed in mainstream American media is when it’s a comedy, or it’s White folks talking about racism which actually is a hoot.

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply

      @Vintage

      I refuse to understand why its cool for tv to cast older actresses who are black but younger actresses are almost always bi-racial. Bi-racial isnt the only type of beauty black people have to offer by far.

      • August 28, 2015 - Reply

        @Staci Elle

        You noticed that too, huh. And this particular actress has very Eurocentric features, not even standard Black features. And I hate to say it because I know she’s popular, but I cannot stand the characters Loretta Devine plays with hands a-fluttering, high pitched squeals. She always reminds me of that taboo Tom & Jerry episode where they showed the Black mammy from the waist down, and she’s running around with a broom hollering lawdhammercytom&jerry-lol but not really. It’s demeaning and yeah as you noted, the younger Black actresses in these shows are never the Kiki Palmers, Naturi Haughtons, etc. It’s the Cotton Club in 21st century, nothing has changed..

        • August 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Vintage

          I was bothered by the Loretta Divine character being the stereotypical mammy too. I hate to say it but how is this Carmichael guy presenting something intelligent?

        • August 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Vintage

          “but I cannot stand the characters Loretta Devine plays with hands a-fluttering, high pitched squeals. ”

          She is talented but typecast.

          • August 28, 2015 - Reply

            @Staci Elle

            I agree with you. Also, she was great in the show A Different World too.

            • August 29, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              And I also liked her in1st Sunday. I thought she played a good role in that movie. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much from that one but I ended up being entertained.

              • August 30, 2015 - Reply

                @Staci Elle

                First Sunday was funny movie. It deal with issues of the community mixed with humor.

      • August 28, 2015 - Reply

        @Staci Elle

        Because in the script David Allen Grier keeps calling her “white” It’s like that old running gag from the old sitcom The Jeffersons when George Jefferson kept calling his future daughter in law a zebra. This show is beyond old and tired.

        • August 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          sigh…

        • August 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          That is tired. That has been done before a lot in shows back in the day.

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