It seems Craig Robinson is looking to step out of Darryl Philbin's shadow and blaze a new TV comedy trail of his very own. According to TVGuide, NBC has finally decided to pick up a new version of a new comedy pilot starring 'The Office' alum, after keeping the original version on the back burner for nearly a year.
But evidently the latest pitch has changed the network's tune, now that it's given a six-episode order to the up-and-coming sitcom, currently titled 'Mr. Robinson.' The series will star Robinson as a musician who winds up taking a job as a middle school music teacher.
Originally, this was supposed to reunite the comedian with his former 'The Office' boss, executive producer Greg Daniels. However, in light of the new changes to the show, he is no longer involved. Instead, Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen, who executive produced ABC's 'Back In the Game,' will take up the reigns and become the showrunners/executive producers, along with Howard Klein and Mark Schulman.
As of now, Robinson is the only cast member to be signed on to this updated deal, though there's a good chance that the rest of the original stars — Larenz Tate, Amanda Lund and Jean Smart — will be asked to stay on as well. Their options were extended over the summer as NBC mulled the fate of the pilot, but their contracts have yet to be solidified.
This move is just the latest way NBC is looking to revamp its comedy brand. Aside from this, the network has additionally ordered another series with a former 'Office' vet: Ellie Kemper, whose untitled sitcom from exec producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock is also set to air next season. Additionally, a comedy called 'Working the Engels' will make its debut later this year.
Bring on the funny, NBC. We're ready!