"Mr. Robinson," Craig Robinson's long-awaited TV series, premieres on NBC on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Though the show is a fairly straightforward tale of a man trying to find his place in the world, star Spencer Grammer has some inside scoop on five need-to-know facts about the series.
1. Craig Robinson doesn't play a comedian
"He plays a musician who also works as a teacher," Grammer explains. "He goes to his original high school that he went to to pursue his old crush, his old flame, because she shows up to one of his gigs. Then he goes to the school and he gets more than he bargained for with the kids and the teachers."
2. But 'Mr. Robinson' is based on his story
"It's loosely based on his life and pursuing his comedy career," she says. "Then he eventually made it and came out to LA."
3. There might be some 'Varsity Blues' inspiration
"I play a teacher at the school who also moonlights as a stripper on the weekends. So I'm a math teacher and a stripper," Grammer reveals of her character Ashleigh with a laugh. "It's a little like 'Varsity Blues,' I keep hearing, where they go to the strip club and their teacher's there. I forgot that part about 'Varsity Blues.'"
4. And there also is an important message
"Maybe the commentary is teacher's don't make enough money in this country, so you have to have a second job in order to sustain yourself and plan for your future," she continues. "She also puts her money into real estate as well."
5. 'Mr. Robinson' is packaged so there's more to love
NBC will air back-to-back episodes of "Mr. Robinson" for three weeks straight, meaning audiences will get to see all of Season 1 over a short span of time. "We're doing two episodes at a time, so you can get a really good dose of us as characters and people," Grammer says. "We hope you enjoy it."
"Mr. Robinson" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.