Tina Fey & Ellie Kemper Return to NBC with Straight-to-Series Order for ‘Tooken’
We’d known post ‘30 Rock‘ that NBC would stay in business with Tina Fey to develop new comedies, but today the network shows its surprising commitment. NBC has given a straight-to-series order to a new female-driven comedy led by ‘The Office‘ star Ellie Kemper, following the tale of a doomsday-cult dropout in ‘Tooken.’
Though only tentatively titled, the new Tina Fey-scripted comedy will see Kemper as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. Like ’30 Rock’ before it, the show will actually be shot in New York City, co-written by Fey and ’30 Rock’ scribe Robert Carlock, also executive producing with ’30 Rock”s David Miner.
“Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on 30 Rock, have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” said NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “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.”
Fey also maintains a ‘Cheers’-esque comedy in development with the peacock, and a women’s college comedy given a similar straight-to-series order at FOX. For Kemper’s part, the network had been looking to stay in business with the breakout ‘Office’ star after passing on the pilot for ‘Brenda Forever.’
Don’t sound the horn for Fey to appear on ‘Tooken’ right away when the series premieres in fall 2014, but what say you? Are you interested to see what Liz Lemon and ‘The Office”s Erin come up with together?