NBC has ordered 13 episodes of a new comedy from “30 Rock” masterminds Tina Fey and Robert Carlock starring Ellie Kemper as a woman starting over in New York City after fleeing a doomsday cult.
Produced by Universal Television and Little Stranger, Inc., the series is set to debut in fall 2014.
“We have been lucky enough to work at NBC for our entire careers (except when Robert worked at ‘The Dana Carvey Show,’ now available on DVD) and we thank Bob and Jen for their continued support,” said Fey and Carlock.
“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 Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “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.”
Added Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment: “Original voices like Tina and Robert don’t come along very often and we wanted them back on the air as soon as possible. And to have them working with Ellie Kemper — who we watched grow up on ‘The Office’ from supporting player to leading actress — puts the whole package together. We feel fortunate to be in business with this entire creative team on something so funny, unique, and attention-getting.”
Fey and Carlock, who will serve as writers for the series, will executive-produce with David Miner.
Fey, who created and executive-produced the critically beloved NBC comedy “30 Rock,” recently won an Emmy, along with Tracey Wigfield, for co-writing the series finale episode, “Last Lunch.” She has won eight Emmys for her work as an actress, writer and executive producer on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live.”
Carlock, who executive produced “30 Rock” for all seven seasons, has won three Emmys. He also wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and “Friends.”
Kemper (pictured) appeared in later seasons of NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy “The Office,” and starred in “Bridesmaids.”
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