When “The Carmichael Show” returns to NBC in May, David Alan Grier says the series will keep it real and raw.
“Our show is just, I call it, it’s not ‘Black-ish,’ it’s black-er. There’s no ‘ish’ to it. It’s just fun to play and to talk about the real world,” Grier said during a recent mix-and-mingle at Estrella restaurant in West Hollywood.
The series, which debuted in 2015, centers around a fictional version of comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s family and co-stars Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish, and often takes on serious subjects.
“In Living Color” alum Grier, who plays Carmichael’s outspoken father, said the sitcom will tackle “assisted suicide, mall shootings and the N-word” in Season 3.
“We talk about the use of the N-word. But this is why I said our show is black-er, because I know that ‘Black-ish’ talked it, but no, we dig in,” Grier explained. “It’s not the conversation of ‘how could you call me that word? Don’t use that word’ … It’s like for real sh—.”
Grier compared the comedy to a family dinner where everyone wants to talk about the news of the day, even if they don’t know all the facts.
“A lot of members of the family, they may not have read the whole article, but they still gotta say their piece.”
So what about the presidential election?
“We already did that,” Grier pointed out, referring to an episode last season that centered on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.
“We haven’t really done another Trump show (in Season 3),” he explained.
As the night wore on and the conversation flowed, Grier offered his personal insights on the country’s current leadership.
“It’s crazy, man,” he said.
“Maybe this is the cleansing and the wake-up call that we needed as a populace,” he continued. “This is what happens when you don’t vote. This is what happens when you want the agitator to come. We all had a dinner party and said, ‘Oh, I want crazy Donnie to come.’”
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Still, the actor said he’s not surprised by President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and the seemingly endless protests sweeping the nation.
“He told us everything he was going do, and everybody who voted for him said, ‘He didn’t really mean that.’ No he does mean that. Now he’s going about methodically doing what he said he’s gonna do, and people are freaking out!” Grier noted. “Some people like it, but like I said, that’s not my president.”
Asked if he could offer his fans who disagree with the president’s policies a few words of hope, Grier responded with a witty retort.
“Here’s the hope: It can only last eight years,” he said.
Season 3 of “The Carmichael Show” premieres on Wednesday, May 31, at 9 p.m. on NBC.