After passing over a comedy pilot from Craig Robinson last spring, NBC has changed its mind and given the show a six-episode order.
“Mr. Robinson” stars “The Office” alum Robinson as a musician who gets a job teaching at a middle school, where he chafes under the school’s rules. As seen on “The Office” and occasionally in his stand-up comedy, Robinson has some musical chops himself.
The pickup comes with some changes behind the scenes. Robb and Mark Cullen, coming off ABC’s canceled “Back in the Game,” are joining the series as executive producers and showrunners, while “Office” EP Greg Daniels has left the project. (Another “Office” veteran, Owen Ellickson, wrote the pilot script.)
Robinson and the Cullens previously worked together on “Lucky,” an FX comedy that ran for one season in 2003.
The rest of the “Mr. Robinson” cast — Jean Smart, Larenz Tate, Amanda Lund, Amandla Stenberg and Steve Little — is expected to remain onboard. There’s no word yet on scheduling.