Peri Gilpin Joins NBC's Mr. Robinson, Replacing Jean Smart

Paging all hooligans and troublemakers to Peri Gilpin’s office.

The Frasier vet is joining NBC’s upcoming Mr. Robinson as a series regular, portraying a high school principal — and tough boss to Craig Robinson’s struggling musician/substitute teacher.

Jean Smart had played the role in the original pilot, but exited the project when it changed from single- to multi-cam.

Last month, Greek‘s Spencer Grammer and A to Z‘s Lenora Crichlow joined Mr. Robinson as math and English teachers — the former who moonlights as an exotic dancer, the latter who left the world of Wall Street to follow her true passion.

Robinson’s title character, meanwhile, works as a substitute music teacher by day, and plays in the band Nasty Delicious with his brother Ben (Brandon T. Jackson) by night.

Episode 1 of Mr. Robinson begins shooting next week.

Excited to see Gilpin back in the world of network comedy? Sound off below!

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  1. Joey says:

    More Roz in my life? Sign me up.

  2. Tea says:

    It’s a multi camera now?! Ugh.

  3. Eric says:

    This show had potential as a single-cam, I’m really disappointed in the switch.

  4. Okay, color me a TV luddite….why would Jean Smart exit the project because it changed filming technique. What’s so bad about multi-cam?

    • Eric says:

      I think it has to do with the multi-cam format’s tendency towards laugh track use and “broader” (i.e. less intelligent) comedy. It gets a little tiresome. We can’t really judge until we see the final result, though.

    • maggie says:

      Single cam cam is more like shooting a film, and can use better lighting and lens to soften age lines. A performer with clout could also have all their scenes for an episode shot in a day or two, while single cam means all of the show’s performers have to be at all rehearsals and taping, even if they only have one line that episode. Multicam is more like doing a play.

  5. James says:


  6. Richard says:

    Peri Gilpin has been away far too long. Oh my that voice. She could sell cars in gridlock. Because of her I’ll give this show a look.

  7. Alfia Tonachio says:

    she was great in Frasier and we wondered what became of her. So glad she will be on TV once again
    Good luck to you Peri.

  8. robjball says:

    We are really enjoying the new show Mr. Robinson! Especially glad to see Peri Gilpin back on a regular sit-com. Hope the show becomes a regular!

  9. Anita says:

    Can’t wait to see her in action again!