NBC orders Craig Robinson’s “Mr. Robinson” to series with initial six episodes

Craig Robinson’s post-Office career will continue with parent company NBC, after all.

The Peacock Network on Monday ordered an initial six-episode run of his 2012 sitcom pilot, Mr. Robinson, or at least some version thereof.

It’ll definitely star Robinson as a musician who’s slumming it as a middle-school music teacher. ┬áIt definitely won’t feature his former e.p. from The Office, Greg Daniels, as his showrunner; nor 2013 pilot writer Owen Ellickson. Nor will it even feature some cast members from the 2013 pilot (Kumail Nanjiani) who have moved on to other TV projects. Cast deals for the supporting roles are still being worked out — as they were for another 2013 NBC pilot (Mulaney) that later got ordered and will air this year on FOX. Mark and Robb Cullen (from ABC’s short-lived Back In The Game this fall) are now aboard as showrunners, executive producing with Howard Klein and Mark Schulman.

Also no word on if/whether Mr. Robinson will be anything like similar stand-up comedians as schoolteacher sitcoms Mr. Rhodes or Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.

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