Jerrod Carmichael will find out if he’s ready for primetime in the coming year, as NBC just announced it has ordered six episodes of the untitled multi-cam sitcom based on his life and stand-up, which had been titled Go Jerrod Go.
“We’re excited to be going forward to series with Jerrod. We can’t wait to see how he and his outstanding cast deliver the funny,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
Carmichael was a finalist for a series order last May, but NBC decided to have him retool his pilot, written with fellow executive producer Nick Stoller — who also had directed Carmichael in a breakout role in last year’s big-screen hit, Neighbors. Ravi Nandan also is executive producing, with NBC’s Universal TV behind it. Go Jerrod Go was the first pilot ordered this season, and now the first pilot green-lit to series.
The Comic’s Comic sat down with Carmichael for an extensive interview last May as this past year of success was just beginning to lift off — Spike Lee directed him in his debut stand-up hourlong special on HBO in October, Jerrod Carmichael: Love at The Store.
Carmichael’s semi-autobiographical life on camera will find him surrounded by David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine as his parents, Lil Rel Howery as his brother and Amber West as his girlfriend.
Where and when his sitcom will air is, well, up in the air.
NBC already has one unscheduled sitcom in waiting with Craig Robinson’s Mr. Robinson — which also has an initial six-episode order. Perhaps a summer test is in the offing, as the Peacock Network did last year with Undateable and Welcome to Sweden (both of which are returning in 2015). And both could lead into the new season of Last Comic Standing, which is in production but also hasn’t received a premiere date.
NBC’s other new sitcom, One Big Happy, debuts next week.