What would have happened if The Carmichael Show had continued? Recently, showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about a potential fourth season of the cancelled NBC TV show.
As reported earlier, the network has cancelled the sitcom after three seasons. Loosely inspired by the life of star and co-creator Jerrod Carmichael, the comedy follows a North Carolina family that consists of Jerrod (Carmichael), his old-school dad, Joe (David Alan Grier), devout mom, Cynthia (Loretta Devine), progressive girlfriend, Maxine (Amber Stevens West), and brother Bobby (Lil Rel Howery).
Speaking to THR, Sanchez-Witzel said there was a lot more planned for The Carmichael Show:
I wish the show had gotten more episodes. I wish the show had gotten a chance to air in the fall. I wish it had been behind The Voice. There are a lot of things that I wish could have happened that were always out of our control. I do think airing in the summer, a year between seasons — none of those things ever helped us ever grow an audience. Even with the people who did support us at NBC, there’s a lot that I wish could have happened that never did. But writers, showrunners, creators, we don’t get to decide that kind of stuff, the business end decides those things. But from how hard we worked and what we were trying to do, I do wish that there had been some other opportunities for people to see our show.”
The showrunner revealed that homelessness, Planned Parenthood, and nuclear war were all potential topics for the NBC series:
Maybe nuclear war is something we would have talked about. Who knows what we would have talked about. Planned Parenthood being defunded and the different characters we have would have certainly had something to say. There was an episode about travel and terrorism and fear and where our characters fell with regard to broadening their horizons. We talked about an episode where they were all going to go to Paris but Joe and Cynthia backed out, and Jerrod was mad because he paid for it. There were lots of things to talk about. Certainly, I don’t think we would have run out of interesting topics.
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Carmichael Show? Would you have watched season four?