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, 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.



Comments (20)

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

    Comment by Babybop – October 31, 2013 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John Krasinski was one of the best on the Office – why not a series with him!! Ellie Kemper great but where is the guy?

    Comment by charla bendas – October 31, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This comment makes me clutch my feminist pearls in horror.

      Comment by Sam – October 31, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m sure as great as John Kasinski is he would probably struggle to play the role of a GIRL who has escaped from a cult.

      Comment by collectcall – October 31, 2013 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Haha, Brilliant!

        Comment by John – October 31, 2013 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “where is the guy?”
      And now you know how women feel about half of television.
      Bonus points: now you know how minorities feel about almost EVERY show on television.

      Comment by xx – October 31, 2013 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He’s starting a family with his wife. Don’t expect to see him on screen for a while

      Comment by Jillian – October 31, 2013 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I mean, Emily Blunt (the one who is physically pregnant) is filming a movie right now. I doubt that either of them are going to just stop working because of the baby. Whether he wants to commit to the long hours of a TV show are another thing.

        Comment by neha – October 31, 2013 05:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Where’s the guy you ask. Is there some shortage of men on television that I’m not aware of?

      Comment by JC – October 31, 2013 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More Tina Fey on my TV (either in front of the camera or behind it) is definitely a good thing!

    Comment by Aimee – October 31, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was hoping for a Multi-Cam written by Fey and starring Amy Poehler but this sounds good too.

    Comment by marc – October 31, 2013 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!

    Comment by erin – October 31, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fey! Kemper! Guaranteed viewing! Best news of the day!

    Comment by Zach – October 31, 2013 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tina + my TV = amazingness

    Comment by Aprilcot – October 31, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Paul – October 31, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • thank you for demonstrating your bigotry AND lack of knowledge about how television works on every single level.

      Comment by cjeffery7 – October 31, 2013 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by scooby – October 31, 2013 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yessssss! All of those involved are talented and seemingly awesome people.

    Comment by Leah – October 31, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this is better than that time i found a recipe for cheesy blasters!

    Comment by cjeffery7 – October 31, 2013 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “…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.

    Comment by Bob – November 1, 2013 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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