Comedy Starring Ellie Kemper and Created by Tina Fey Lands a Series Order From NBC
3:39 pm, October 31st | by Colette McIntyre
In an insane feat, Tina Fey’s new half-hour comedy series managed to skip the pilot process altogether and landed a thirteen-episode straight-to-series order from NBC. The single-camera series, currently called Tooken, was created by Fey and her 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock and stars the delightful Kemper, TV Line reports.
Kemper plays a young woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. The plot is far more edgy than anything we’ve come to expect from the Peacock Network — which only excites us more. “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 Chariman 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, who is not slated to appear onscreen, perhaps save for a guest appearance, and Carlock wrote the pilot script and will stay on as executive producers alongside fellow 30 Rock alum David Miner.
For those of you keeping track, this is Fey’s third TV sale this season: she is also developing a Fire Island-set workplace comedy for NBC and a sitcom about a women’s college that starts accepting male students for the first time at Fox.