TV briefs: ‘Mr. Robinson,’ ‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” and ‘The Big Interview’

Mark your calendars: NBC has set Wednesday, Aug. 5, for a new hour-long block of comedies as “Mr. Robinson” will premiere at 9 p.m. immediately followed by “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 p.m.

In addition, new summer alternative series “The Island” (May 25) will immediately follow “American Ninja Warrior” on Mondays while “I Can Do That” (May 26) will have “America’s Got Talent” as its Tuesday lead-in.

Returning reality series “Food Fighters” (July 2), “Hollywood Game Night” (July 7), “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (July 13) and “Last Comic Standing” (July 22), as well as second-year comedy “Welcome to Sweden” (July 19), will all come back for new seasons on NBC.

Joining the team: Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”) has been cast in a recurring role in season three of Hallmark Channel’s “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove.”

The drama, starring Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal, makes its return with a special two-hour season premiere in July,

Chat room: “The Big Interview” returns to AXS TV with seven new episodes as part of its third season at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.

Hosted by news veteran Dan Rather, the interview series presents sit-down discussions with a variety of influential figures from all across the entertainment spectrum. In the first-half of its third season, guests including Carlos Santana, Wynonna Judd and Don Rickles.

The new episodes start with a visit from Trisha Yearwood.