NBC Orders New Comedies From Tina Fey, ‘Parks and Rec’ Creator
The state of NBC comedy has grown increasingly dim over the years, a point magnified with the NBC-deported Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s recent Emmy nominations, but the network is making some strides back to the top. Not only has the peacock ordered a new comedy from Parks and Rec creator Mike Schur, but so too given a pilot commitment to 30 Rock duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new series.
As confirmed by NBC boss Bob Greenblatt at the TCA press tour panel, the network has given a 13-episode order to Schur’s “high-concept” A Good Place, which focuses on “a woman wrestling what it means to be good.” Not only was the series bought in the midst of Schur’s pitch (like Parks and Rec before it), but the series will feature another “strong and very complicated lead female character.”
Less set in stone will be Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s untitled comedy pilot (for which Greenblatt believes a pickup is more than likely), another female-driven half-hour. The new series is written and inspired by the life of 30 Rock and The Mindy Project writer Tracey Wigfield, centering on a challenged mother-daughter relationship, in which an overly involved New Jersey mom gets an internship at her daughter’s workplace, a cable news network.
Of course, NBC was never thrilled by the ratings performance of either Parks and Rec or 30 Rock, but it’s good to see value placed back on the creators. Which new NBC series sounds like a safer bet?