That was quick. An hour after NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said that the network was hoping to resolve The Carmichael Show‘s renewal situation in “the next couple of days,” a resolution has been reached, and the comedy has been picked up for a 13-episode third season.
The sticking point in the negotiations between NBC and leading studio 20th Century Fox TV had been the number of episodes for Season 3, with NBC reportedly asking for fewer than 13 — around 10 — something the studio would not accept. (The Carmichael Show‘s first season consisted of six episodes, the second of 13.)
The Carmichael Show, co-created by and starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael, has been a rare critically praised multi-camera sitcom. It launched to surprisingly strong reviews and ratings last summer, earning a second season renewal.
Season 1 ranked as the most-watched summer comedy on the Big 4 networks in eight years and tied for the No. 1 summer comedy over that span in adults 18-49.
The Carmichael Show — co-produced by 20th TV and Universal TV — returned for a second season in March with even stronger reviews, earning a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show made headlines with its Bill Cosby-themed episode. But, airing with a solid — though not very compatible — lead-in from unscripted breakout Little Big Shots, The Carmichael Show has been a so-so ratings performer in Season 2, hovering around the 1 rating mark in adults 18-49 Live+same day. The Carmichael Show now joins freshman Superstore as the only two existing NBC comedy series to return next season.
Inspired by the life and comedy of stand-up comic Carmichael, The Carmichael Show follows Jerrod and his opinionated Southern family as they reluctantly deal with modern-day America knocking at their front door. Nothing is off limits, including religion, sex, politics, mental health and gender identity. David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West, Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish co-star. Danielle Sanchez-Witzel is the showrunner.