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Craig Robinson Sitcom Mr. Robinson Gets Series Order at NBC

By Brian Gallagher — January 6th, 2014

A year after NBC ordered the pilot episode, NBC has given a six-episode series order to Mr. Robinson, which stars Craig Robinson.

The story follows a struggling musician (Craig Robinson) who takes a job as a middle school music teacher to make ends meet. While teaching the kids everything from rock and roll to the blues, he also finds ways to shake up the school's system of rules.

However, the show is going through a behind-the-scenes overhaul. Greg Daniels (The Office), who oversaw the pilot's development and executive produced the pilot episode, is no longer on board, with Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen taking over as showrunners and executive producers. Also departing the show are Owen Ellickson, who wrote the original pilot script, along with Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green, who helped rewrite the script.

Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen are now executive producing alongside Howard Klein and Mark Schulman. While the sitcom wasn't given a series order back in May, NBC kept the pilot in contention, ordering three additional scripts and extending options on the entire cast in June. The pilot episode also stars Larenz Tate, Amanda Lund and Jean Smart, whose series deals are still being negotiated. Craig Robinson is the only cast member to officially sign on at this point.

Before signing on to Mr. Robinson, Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen created and executive produced the ABC series Back in the Game.