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Gallows Humor: ‘The Carmichael Show’ Takes on Police Brutality and Racism

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Last night, NBC premiered The Carmichael Show (which debuted to 4.83 million viewers!), a highly promising sitcom that the network is unfortunately burning off quickly. After an expository pilot, the series jumped right into some heavy subject matter, tackling police brutality and racism in only its second episode, demonstrating a strength for gallows humor — and providing yet another case for why we need diverse television shows.
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‘The Carmichael Show’ Is a Family-Friendly ’90s Sitcom Throwback With a Stealthy Political Edge

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At first glance, The Carmichael Show is a throwback to old family sitcoms. Originally, it was going to share a sharper edge with titular star Jerrod Carmichael’s stand-up, but after retooling from NBC (the show was in development for about two years), Carmichael became more of the family-friendly vehicle the network wanted. Despite this, it still successfully navigates tough — and racially specific — topics without losing its bite.
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Watch Dolly Parton Tell a 7-Year-Old She’s Been Cast as Young Dolly in ‘Coat of Many Colors’

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As part of their multi-movie deal with Dolly Parton, NBC is currently at work casting the first film in the series based on the singer’s songs: Coat of Many Colors. The song itself is somewhat autobiographical, and recounts Parton’s mother having sewn her a coat made from rags passed down from other family members. Thus, the film naturally involves young Dolly, the recipient of said multicolored coat.
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NBC Officially Dumps Donald Trump

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Though it may have been fun ten years ago to watch Donald Trump purse his lips, make a diminutive hand gesture, and nasally intone, “You’re fired,” the figurehead of the wealth gap has become a slightly harder character to toss aside with a hearty guffaw or eye-roll: his status as a presidential candidate means the inanity it’s so easy to laugh at could potentially govern us.
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