I was disappointed to hear that The Carmichael Show was being cancelled after the completion of its third season. A Google search to try to find an explanation on the show’s cancellation pulled up articles called NBC Execs Open Up About ‘Carmichael Show’ Cancellation which… do not really answer the question as to why the show was cancelled.
“I think the collective decision was maybe [that] it’s best to let the show end,” NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke told reporters. “I have to say personally for all of us, it’s a really hard decision that wasn’t just made on one side of things. It was one of those difficult decisions that kind of live with you for a while that you don’t feel great about because you wish it had done better. … This was the situation we found ourselves in.”
OK yhat tells me nothing, although the very next paragraph does add a little bit of context.
The beloved series, which wraps its run later this month on the network, was one of NBC’s rare co-productions with an outside studio, 20th Century Television Fox. That, combined with the tepid ratings for the show, led to the cancellation.
Tepid rating I can understand, although I find it odd that it would happen to this show. If there is any show that qualifies as a worthy successor to Norman Lear’s All in the Family, it’s this one. The show has tackled some pretty controversial topics, such as gun control, religion, infidelity, Bill Cosby, gentrification, Muslims, depression, gender roles, gun violence, pornography, and of course Donald Trump. Yet the show has received zero buzz. Black-ish, a show I trashed pretty severely when it first came out is a critical and ratings success. The Carmichael Show is a critical success…and that’s it. So the lesson here is that I’m the last person you should come to when it comes to evaluating black TV shows.
As a comedian Jerrod Carmichael, is dark and depressing. Watching his HBO Special “8” really demonstrates just how dark. After watching that show, I wouldn’t have been surprised if I had heard that Carmichael had walked off set and hung himself in his dressing room. That’s a viewpoint that isn’t exactly reflected in his sitcom, but then, I’ve no idea what happens during production.
The show’s season finale airs August 9th, but I would still recommend the show in whatever streaming platform it lands on. It’s a sitcom with real issues and laughs, and it’s damn near impossible to find that combination.