Fox Orders New Tina Fey Comedy
It’s been almost seven miserable months without 30 Rock on the air, but hope is on the horizon: Fox has just ordered a new series from creator and star Tina Fey, co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, and co-showrunner Robert Carlock, reuniting some of the most influential voices from the show. The series will not even have to film a pilot, and will go straight into production.
According to Deadline, the show was the subject of a fierce bidding war between networks. TVLine points out that bypassing the pilot process is unusual, but has happened for other recent high profile projects like The Michael J. Fox Show and Under The Dome.
The series will depict an all-women’s college that is opening its doors to men for the first time. Unlike 30 Rock, it will be multi-camera, meaning it will probably be filmed in front of a live audience, more like a traditional sitcom. Fey will not be starring in the show.
Is it just me, or does that sound a little like one of the lame shows Fey’s character Liz Lemon would knock on 30 Rock? Sort of like the sitcom about Grizz owning a B&B in New Mexico that we see Liz writing in the series finale. But I have a lot of faith in these three, and certainly still have high expectations.
In her book Bossypants, Fey name drops both Carlock and Hubbard, outlining their major contributions to 30 Rock. She also mentions that she never meant to make “groundbreaking” TV, and just wanted to make funny, popular TV- so something more overtly mainstream might be closer to her heart.
What do you think? Will you tune in for the new Tina Fey comedy?