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Craig Robinson on his new show ‘Killing It:’ ‘Snakes get a bad rep’

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Craig Robinson reunites with “Brooklyn 9-9” creators Luke Del Tredici and Dan Goor for his new Peacock comedy sequence “Killing It.” 

“I really like working with these guys,” Robinson, 50, informed The Submit. “They’re humorous, they’re good, they’ve nice instincts, and we collaborate properly collectively. On ‘Brooklyn 9-9’ when Andy [Samberg] and I received collectively, we had been like two 5-year-old children, letting the second lead us.” 

“Killing It,” premiering Thursday (April 14), is a rags-to-riches sitcom starring and executive-produced by Robinson. Set in Florida, it follows Craig (Robinson), an formidable man whose desires to earn more money lead him to an uncommon snake hunt.

At the start of the sequence, Craig is a divorced, down-on-his-luck single father. He has an amicable relationship along with his deaf ex-wife, Camille (Stephanie Nogueras) and his troublemaking brother Isaiah (Rell Battle) and he’s working as a security guard however has increased ambitions — if solely he might get anybody occupied with funding his entrepreneurial concepts. 

Craig Robinson sprawls on the ground with a snake.
Craig Robinson hunts snakes on his new comedy “Killing It.”
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Craig (Craig Robinson), Jillian (Claudia O'Doherty) and Craig's brother, Isaiah (Rell Battle), right.
Craig (Craig Robinson), Jillian (Claudia O’Doherty) and Craig’s brother, Isaiah (Rell Battle), proper.
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Robinson mentioned that it was the creators’ thought to provide his character his similar first identify (“I might have gone for an Antoine,”) — and that he can relate to Craig’s relentlessness. 

“He goes after what he needs, and he doesn’t permit something to cease him. Obstacles are simply that – obstacles that should be hurdled over, or climbed over, or walked by means of,” he mentioned. “My problem was that there was a vulnerability he needed to present in sure locations. And I’m a Scorpio, so I attempt to maintain a tough exterior. I needed to be susceptible, and that made me develop somewhat.” 

Craig Robinson with Claudia O'Doherty and a snake.
Craig (Craig Robinson) and his Uber driver Jillian (Claudia O’Doherty) slay some snakes.
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When Craig has an opportunity encounter with Jillian (Claudia O’Doherty), a wacky Australian ride-share driver, he finds an surprising new route: taking part in a python hunt. The state is providing folks cash to kill stray snakes, and on this specific high-stakes hunt, whoever will get probably the most snakes stands to win $20,000. That occurs to be the precise amount of cash that Craig wants for his enterprise plans. To complicate issues, nonetheless, father/son snake hunter duo Brock (Scott MacArthur, “The Righteous Gemstones”) and Corby (Wyatt Walter) instantly clock Craig as a rival.

“There was one thing concerning the snakes,” mentioned Robinson, who’s greatest identified for co-starring as Darryl in “The Workplace,” and flicks resembling “Scorching Tub Time Machine” and “Pineapple Categorical.” 

“I used to be in Australia possibly 5 – 6 years in the past, and I went to an animal sanctuary. That was the primary time I used to be head to head with a snake. I put the snake round me and held it. I by no means thought I might do one thing like that. Snakes get a nasty rep, due to the Bible and ‘Indiana Jones.’ So then, when [the creators pitched] this concept, I used to be like, ‘Oh, that’s fascinating!’ ’’

Craig's brother Isaiah (Rell Battle), Craig (Craig Robinson) and Brock (Scott MacArthur), right.
Craig’s brother Isaiah (Rell Battle), Craig (Craig Robinson) and Brock (Scott MacArthur), proper.
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Taking pictures the present wasn’t a stroll within the park, nonetheless. 

“This was probably the most difficult venture I’ve ever been on,” he mentioned. “We filmed in New Orleans, so that you’ve received the problem of not consuming every thing, each minute of day-after-day. I misplaced that battle. After which, we received pushed again a month due to Hurricane Ida, and we needed to take care of the hurricane whereas we had been taking pictures. After which, we needed to make it look like a hurricane, [for the show]. I needed to study signal language, and I wished that to be proper. We needed to work with animals. And don’t overlook about COVID protocols.

“So there was so much happening.”