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.

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