Scoop: NBC Hands Series Order to Tina Fey- Penned Comedy Starring Office's Ellie Kemper

blog_split_10.25.13Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper? I want to go to there.

NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to a new half-hour comedy series created by Fey and her 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock and starring Office alum Kemper, TVLine has learned.

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Tentatively titled Tooken Officially titled Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the single-camera comedy — set to premiere in Fall 2014 — centers on a woman (Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City (where the show will be shot).

Fey (who will not appear onscreen, save for a possible guest appearance) and Carlock penned the pilot script and will serve as EPs alongside fellow Rocker 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 Peacock 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.”

It’s the latest project under Fey’s new four-year deal with Universal Television. (She also has in the pipeline a Cheers-esque workplace comedy for NBC and a women’s college-set sitcom for Fox.)

Kemper recently headlined the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever.

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  1. Babybop says:

    I’ll watch anything that has Tina Fey writing. Count me in!

  2. charla bendas says:

    John Krasinski was one of the best on the Office – why not a series with him!! Ellie Kemper great but where is the guy?

  3. Aimee says:

    More Tina Fey on my TV (either in front of the camera or behind it) is definitely a good thing!

  4. marc says:

    I was hoping for a Multi-Cam written by Fey and starring Amy Poehler but this sounds good too.

  5. Zach says:

    Fey! Kemper! Guaranteed viewing! Best news of the day!

  6. Aprilcot says:

    Tina + my TV = amazingness

  7. Paul says:

    how is this a tv show? The abducted girls are retarded and so it’s funny to see them try to function in the big city? Sketchville.

    • cjeffery7 says:

      thank you for demonstrating your bigotry AND lack of knowledge about how television works on every single level.

      • scooby says:

        And an inability to read. “Abducted girls”? Where did it mention that? She was probably either lured in to becoming a member or was raised in it. Ellie Kemper’s great and she’s gonna rock this. I hope we get to see her borrowed for The Mindy Project occasionally. I also hope The Mindy Project is still on tv to borrow her for.

        • Cam says:

          Actually, the version of the pilot I read the girls had been abducted, and they don’t explicitly state it, but implied abuse as well. The whole thing was overall really uncomfortable to read, and while I’m sure Kemper will do a good job in the role (it was clearly written for her), I see the show lasting maybe six airings.

  8. Leah says:

    Yessssss! All of those involved are talented and seemingly awesome people.

  9. cjeffery7 says:

    this is better than that time i found a recipe for cheesy blasters!

  10. Bob says:

    “…there isn’t anything like this anywhere else on television…”

    Well, you just blew that one, Mr. Greenblatt. Fox will have a similar-themed show on either in March or over the summer. That’s what they do – copy, not create.