NBC announced Thursday premiere dates for its summer slate of programming, including the debut of two new comedies and two new reality series.
Freshmen sitcoms "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show" will anchor a new comedy block beginning on Wednesday, August 5. "Robinson" stars "The Office" alum Craig Robinson as a professional musician turned substitute high school music teacher, and features a supporting cast including Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") and Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man"). "Carmichael" focuses on the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael ("Neighbors") and his relationships with his larger-than-life family, including his contrarian father (played by David Allen Grier) and religious mother (played by Loretta Devine).
Returning comedy "Welcome to Sweden" kicks off its second season this summer beginning July 19. The show will pick up after the engagement of Bruce (Greg Poehler, brother of Amy Poehler, who also produces the show) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and their transitioning careers.
NBC will also have quite a full reality slate this summer, with two new shows joining the mix in 2015. Premiering on May 25, "The Island," led by survivalist Bear Grylls, focuses on 14 men who are stranded alone on an island, and focuses on their struggle to survive without any modern luxuries -- or any company, save a video camera that they operate themselves. Following on May 26, variety-game show hybrid "I Can Do That," hosted by Marlon Wayans, features celebrities trying to one-up each other with amazing talents and stunts; scheduled participants include "Dancing with the Stars" staple Cheryl Burke, and musicians Joe Jonas, Ciara, and Nicole Sherzinger.
And finally, returning reality series set to debut this summer include "Food Fighters" (July 2), the Jane Lynch-led "Hollywood Game Night" (July 7), "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (July 13), and "Last Comic Standing" (July 22). Check out the full line-up -- including previously-announced premieres -- below.
Full NBC Summer 2015 Line-up:
Monday, May 25
American Ninja Warrior, 8-10 p.m. (season premiere)
The Island, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
Tuesday, May 26
America's Got Talent, 8-10 p.m. (season premiere)
I Can Do That, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
Thursday, May 28
Aquarius, 9-11 p.m. (series premiere)
Thursday, June 4
Aquarius, 9-10 p.m. (regular timeslot)
Hannibal, 10-11 p.m. (season premiere)
Thursday, July 2
Food Fighters, 8-9 p.m. (season premiere)
Tuesday, July 7
Hollywood Game Night, 10-11 p.m. (season premiere)
Monday, July 13
Running Wild with Bear Grylls, 10-11 p.m. (season premiere)
Sunday, July 19
Welcome to Sweden, 8 and 8:30 p.m. (season premiere)
Wednesday, July 22
Last Comic Standing, 9-11 p.m. (season premiere)
Wednesday July 29
Last Comic Standing, 9-10 p.m. (regular timeslot)
Wednesday, August 5
Mr. Robinson, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
The Carmichael Show, 9:30 p.m. (series premiere)
[via: TV by the Numbers]
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