Scoop: NBC Hands Series Order to Tina Fey- Penned Comedy Starring Office's Ellie Kemper
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.
Tentatively titled Tooken, 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.Follow @MichaelAusiello