Axed after three seasons, but what would have happened in The Carmichael Show Season 4?
Speaking to THR, showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel reflected on the end of the NBC sitcom, the failed attempts to find a new home and what a fourth season would have looked like:
What were those last weeks like before the news came? How optimistic were you feeling about a fourth season?
I was not feeling optimistic for a season four, to be honest. It didn’t seem like it was in the card, this is just me, my personal opinion. I was feeling a lot of emotions that season three was ending. It had been a year between airing season two and season three, so I think that told us something in terms of what our fate might be.
How did you personally come to peace with ending the series at this point and not continuing to look for a new home for a potential season four?
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 they had been some other opportunities for people to see our show.
After Jerrod and Maxine tie the knot, would there have been talk about kids next season?
We didn’t get that far. I think we would have waited on that. Jerrod certainly has some funny things in his standup that’s he working on in regards to kids. He has a lot of nieces and nephews. So I do think that it’s possible. There were some ideas we kicked around this season, not about them having kids necessarily but Jerrod’s desire to have kids. I’m sure we would have found some sort of topic that would have explored that. But I don’t know that they would have had kids. Maybe when we do the Christmas movie. (Laughs.)
Are you disappointed The Carmichael Show was cancelled?