It’s been a while since cable or streaming television has released a fresh comedy. Some of the most memorable sitcoms to come at the turn of the century brought us iconic comedies like the mockumentary sitcom The Office or the satirical 30 Rock. In the last decade, the world was also graced with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the treasured parody on police procedural series. Now, a new comedy tying together all of these great sitcoms is prepping to land home on Peacock shortly, showcasing beloved comedian and actor Craig Robinson, as he takes on his toughest job since leaving the warehouse at Dunder Mifflin: hunting snakes in the upcoming sitcom Killing It.
See the preview for Craig Robinson’s new sitcom below:
Peacock released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming series yesterday. The trailer depicts Craig Robinson as–you guessed it– Craig, a millionaire that made his riches killing snakes for the government. Adorned in a fancy ornate silky black robe complete with some tropical flowers. In all his glory, Craig shows off his perfectly groomed face and hair and completes the look with a gold chain around his neck. Appearing in what is surely the character’s lush mansion, Craig reminisces with viewers about his life struggles, sharing that his ascension to riches could only be possible in the good old United States.
After some flashbacks of his life showing a young Craig Robinson being smacked around by his father, working as a security officer, and eventually catching a giant snake inside a car, the snake bit begins to make more sense. When the trailer cuts back to the present, we realize that the entire conversation was actually aimed at Craig’s maid, as he scolds her for not listening to his story as he yells, “This is a big deal for you, Andrea, pay attention.”
Killing It is Peacock’s newest comedy from producers of Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici. Goor has also lent his comedic writing skills for shows like Parks and Rec, Late Night With Conan, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Tredici previously acted as a producer for 30 Rock as well. The series will feature an ensemble cast with Claudia O’Doherty, Rell Battle, Scott MacArthur, Wyatt Walter, Stephanie Nogueras, and Jet Miller. At the center of Killing It will be Craig Robinson.
First breaking into Hollywood with his portrayal of Darrel Philbin on The Office, Craig Robinson quickly became a staple jokester for sitcoms and movies. As one of the most popular faces to land a cameo role in TV, Robinson has guest-starred on top comedic sitcoms like Arrested Development, Reno 911, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. On film, Robinsons cameo’s are just as coveted. He has landed funny man moments in over 37 films like Fanboys, Hot Tub Time Machine, This is the End, and the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Other than Killing It, Robinson will lend his hand this month as he hosts the third season of Hulu’s Your Attention Please, a series spotlighting Black innovators and creators all month long for Black History Month.
While many details surrounding the snake-centric sitcom are still under wraps, we do know that Craig Robinson’s Killing It will premiere this April on the streaming service, Peacock. Part of Peacock’s big content push this year, the sitcom follows a list of new shows hitting the streaming service like the French Prince re-imagining Bel-Air and its own Tiger King series Joe vs Carole.
Speaking directly on the themes of the new series, showrunners Goor and Tredici said the following about giving Robinson his first starring sitcom: “We love all the ambitious, challenging, thematically-rich series that populate the current peak-TV landscape. We also love jokes. So, we tried to make a show that could deliver both. We wanted Killing It to explore America’s quasi-religious obsession with entrepreneurship and wealth, and we also wanted it to be funny. Really, really funny. Plus, we wanted it to have big snakes. It’s a daunting creative balancing act, but lucky for us, we were writing for Craig Robinson, aka the most likable man in the world. His hilarious, effortlessly charming performance grounds even the wildest comic moments in something deeply human and relatable.”