NBC Nabs Comedy Produced By ‘30 Rock’s Tina Fey & Robert Carlock

EXCLUSIVE: 30 Rock creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock are back in business together and with NBC, backing another female-centered workplace project by a young female comedy writer. NBC has bought an untitled comedy from 30 Rock writer-producer Colleen McGuinness, which is being executive produced by Fey and Carlock through Universal Television, where both are based. Written and executive produced by McGuinness, the project, said to be in the vein of Cheers, is a character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island. This marks the first project from Fey’s Little Stranger production company under the four-year deal she inked with Uni TV last fall. WME-repped McGuinness joined 30 Rock during Season 6 and shared in the series’ WGA nomination earlier this year. Before that, she worked on NBC drama Mercy. In its last hurrah at the Emmys, 30 Rock, which wrapped its seven-year run in January, received 13 nominations, more than any other comedy, including for best comedy series.

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  • So the father’s gay, presumably? There are straight communities on Fire Island (and I think Tina Fey has a place in one of them – Ocean Beach?) but they’re not funny. At least not funny ha-ha. But the Pines is a laugh riot. Deliberately and not-so-deliberately.

    Can’t imagine what it would cost to actually shoot exteriors there – even with the state’s tax credit. (Is Ryan Murphy’s Normal Heart the first feature to shoot there since … Longtime Companion?). If they could do exteriors on location, it wouldn’t look like anything else on TV.

    Comment by Scott — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 6:09pm PDT  
  • Tina Fey is one of the most brilliant people in the history of comedy. I’ll watch anything she puts her name on.

    Comment by Zachary — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 7:29pm PDT  
    • Said no one

      Comment by TGB — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT  
      • Actually– said Zachary. And me too. And many other people. BUt of course, words can be quite confusing.

        Comment by Hal — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 9:59pm PDT  
        • The unvarnished, absolute truth, backed up with years or ratings data, is this:

          No matter how funny 30 Rock was, no matter how many Emmys they threw at it, and no matter how much NBC promoted Tina Fey, America NEVER fell in love with her brand of humor. That love only exists in TV boardrooms filled with execs who share Fey’s east-coast tastes. She is not mainstream America– and that is the market CBS manages to satisfy so well.

          Comment by zangadelf — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:35am PDT  
          • I think that’s the thing I liked best about her. Give the rest of America Larry The Cable Guy and Wayne Brady. I’ll take Tina Fey any day.

            Comment by Hal — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:36am PDT  
          • Talk about generalizations, zangadelf. Who is this mystical “mainstream America” you speak of who has only one black and white opinion about every comedian? Or do you just mean “old midwesterners”?

            Comment by Michael — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT  
          • Um, but who wants to appeal to mainstream America? These are the same people, after all, that made a grotesque piece of garbage like “Dancing With The Stars” so interminably popular.

            Comment by EithanVocarro — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 10:34am PDT  
          • Come on guys, He’s talking about the real America.

            Comment by Miguel — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT  
          • I’ll say it since none of you will. He’s talking about WHITE, OLDER, MIDDLE-AMERICAN REPUBLICANS WHO WERE OFFENDED BY TINA’S SARAH PALIN ACT AND WHO STILL HOLD A GRUDGE, AS REPUBLICANS ARE WONT TO DO.

            Comment by dancing around the obvious — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:04pm PDT  
          • What do you mean? Her last show lasted seven seasons and could have lasted more (But went out exactly the way it should have). It didn’t just win Emmy noms, but it also had decent ratings, many viewers, and was by no means a financial loss. I think a good portion of America fell in love with her brand of humor.

            Comment by dmc86 — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 8:21am PDT  
    • I so agree with you, she is pure genius.

      Comment by David Smart III — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:31pm PDT  
  • Tina is very good but she deserved the Mark Twain Prize about as much President Obama deserved his Nobel Prize. I’m a huge fan but both were just publicity moves on the part of the respective institutions involved. The Kennedy Center has started giving the Mark Twain to people for political reasons. First they gave the prize to living legends of comedy, the faces on the Mount Rushmore of American humor, Newhart, Cosby, Carlin, etc. but recently it’s been Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres. Really? Do they feel such pressure to give an award to a woman that they will cheapen the honor just to do so? Tina is a great and surely will be a legend some day. She’s not yet. It’s insulting to the other winners and to women to handicap the prize in order to give it to one.

    Comment by C — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:20pm PDT  
    • Hey C, I’m not sure how you can justify the Mark Twain Prize going to Crosby and not Fey. She is a genius in the hardest medium on the most competitive platform; if you can name another writer with the prestige of a mountain of Emmys and countless nominations across all platforms who deserves this title more, I would be glad to petition. Hell I’d give the board a call myself! Ellen is a gifted comedienne and brought a new tolerance to comedy to broaden the publics’ perspective. They both deserve the notoriety but neither depend on it for their success.

      I am looking forward to seeing how far they push the envelope with the typical Fire Island stereotype. I could see it becoming a bit overplayed, but we will surly fall in love with the characters before that happens. Congratulations all!

      Comment by Drew Moore — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 7:59am PDT  
      • As much as I’m a fan of Tina Fey, I agree that she shouldn’t have gotten the Mark Twain Prize. It was way too soon especially when other trailblazing women like Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, the late Phyllis Diller among others have yet to even be considered.

        Tina Fey has accomplished a lot in a few years but not enough to justify her getting what is suppose to be the most prestigious award in comedy. I love Tina Fey but her and Will Ferrell getting the Mark Twain Prize so soon devalued the award in my opinion.

        Comment by Ross — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 11:34am PDT  
  • Given the state of affairs at NBCU, this may be the only silver lining for their primetime lineup.

    Just don’t let Leno anywhere near it!

    Comment by David Kavek — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:21pm PDT  
  • BTW, I meant I was a huge fan of BOTH our president and Tina.

    Comment by C — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:21pm PDT  
  • Long live Tina Fey!

    Comment by Seth — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:32pm PDT  
  • What’s happening with Assistance? Sounded much funnier but hasnt been slotted yet?

    Comment by Z — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 12:21am PDT  
    • None of that writer’s offerings are in the least bit funny. Read the reviews of her work.

      Comment by dof — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:14am PDT  
  • Ms. Fey is obviously a spectacular talent, but Robert and Colleen are pretty goddamn impressive too. Worked years ago with Colleen on a show far, far worse than this looks to be, and she was one of the few intelligent or funny parts of it.

    Comment by DJO'K — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 7:14am PDT  
  • After a string of flops, I see another flow in Tina Fey’s future.

    Comment by LR — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:46am PDT  
  • Go Colleen!

    Comment by yay — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT  
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