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FALL LINEUP PREVIEW: CRAIG ROBINSON’S NEW SHOW

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A year after it was ordered to pilot, Craig Robinson’s comedy project, Mr. Robinson, is going to series with a six-episode order. Robinson got his start in stand up comedy and made his way to mainstream stardom from small movie and show roles, most notably his role in the NBC hit The Office.

Mr. Robinson is going on the air with a new behind-the-scenes team as Mark and Rob Cullen have come on board as executive producers/showrunners. The Office developer/exec producer Greg Daniels who oversaw the development and executive produced the pilot starring The Office regular, will no longer be involved. Also gone is the project’s writer, fellow Office alum Owen Ellickson, and Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green, who helped rewrite the pilot script. All three served as exec producers on the pilot.

In the show, Robinson stars as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school. While teaching the kids everything from rock to the blues, he simultaneously learns how to put the school’s rules to the test. Uni TV and 3 Arts are producing, with the Cullens, Howard Klein and Mark Schulman exec producing. Mr. Robinson didn’t make the original cut in 2013, but NBC held on to the pilot. According to NBC, Robinson is the only original cast member that has a signed deal for the series. The pilot’s cast also included Larenz Tate, Amandla Stenberg and Jean Smart whose contracts are still being worked out. Mr. Robinson is the second fish out of water single-camera comedy set at a school expected this season — ABC has pilot An American Education starring Jack Whitehall. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the show, especially if you liked School of Rock with Jack Black, since it sounds pretty similar to that.

Robinson wrapped up an eight-year run on The Office last year, and in addition to his new series, Robinson has reprised his role as Nick in the sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and has a role in the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up.

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