For a brief moment, it seemed the critically acclaimed NBC multi-camera sitcom The Carmichael Show might not live long enough to enjoy a third season. That’s because, amid Friday’s cancellation firestorm, NBC axed five series new and old, but kept mum about comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s fantastic half hour. Despite multiple reports of studio disagreements about the next potential season’s length and other squabbles, however, it seems the contemporary events-driven show will yet again see the light during the next year.
According to Deadline, NBC picked up The Carmichael Show for a 13-episode third season. This despite the network’s initial disagreement with 20th Century Fox Television about the season’s length, which has varied greatly. Its first season run in the summer of 2015 consisted of six episodes, whereas the second season scored a generous expansion with 13 episodes. Praise from critics and avid viewers was never a problem. However, since its return in March, the program has managed less-than-stellar average ratings.
Because a deal wasn’t reached by the time NBC was scheduled to announce its 2016-17 lineup Sunday morning, many were worried nothing would happen. Including NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt, who told Deadline that the two companies were still “going back and forth” over the matter, even though he “was hopeful we would have it by now.” Luckily, mere hours after that post went live on Sunday morning, the network and the studio agreed to a compromise and announced the renewal.
The series’ creator and star shared the news and his thanks to the fans on Twitter not long after.