30 Rock is long gone but NBC still wants to stay in business with Tina Fey. Who can blame them? The peacock network ordered a straight-to-series new comedy airing next Fall. Given Fey’s clout and track record, I completely understand their decision, but hopefully approving it without seeing a pilot will fare better than the Michael J. Fox Show. That also was a straight-to-series decision and look how that’s turning out.
“Tina and Robert … have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional and clever,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says. “While tapping into very relatable themes, there isn’t anything like this anywhere else on television. NBC has been their home for many years and we’re so happy that they’ve found another way to push the comedy envelope for us.”
Starring in Fey’s new yet-untitled comedy is another NBC alum. The Office and Bridesmaids actress Ellie Kemper will star on the series which follows a woman (Kemper) leaving a doomsday cult to start a new life in New York City. After The Office ended, Kemper starred in another NBC pilot titled Brenda Forever, but wasn’t picked up by the network this past Spring. Luckily for her, this time she has Tina on her side.
“Original voices like Tina and Robert don’t come along very often and we wanted them back on the air as soon as possible. And to have them working with Ellie Kemper — who we watched grow up on The Office’from supporting player to leading actress — puts the whole package together. We feel fortunate to be in business with this entire creative team on something so funny, unique, and attention-getting.” – Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment
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