NBC Orders 13 Episodes of New Comedy Written by Tina Fey & Robert Carlock & Starring Ellie Kemper

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October 31st, 2013

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Update: NBC has issued an official press release about the pick-up.


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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. ­– Oct. 31, 2013 – NBC has ordered 13 episodes of a new singlecam comedy from multiple Emmy Award winners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Ellie Kemper is set to star.

Produced by Universal Television and Little Stranger, Inc., and set to debut in fall 2014, the series will center on a woman (Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City.

“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, 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, 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.” As an actress, writer and executive producer on both “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” Fey has won eight Emmys.

Carlock, who executive produced “30 Rock” for all seven seasons, has won three Emmys. He was also a writer on iconic TV series “Saturday Night Live” and “Friends.”

Kemper is also an NBC alum, having co-starred in the Emmy-winning comedy “The Office.” She has been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in the series, and was also nominated for a SAG Award as a co-star in the feature-film hit “Bridesmaids.”


NBC has bypassed the pilot process and ordered thirteen episodes of a new comedy with the working title Tooken, written by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper of The Office.  TVLine, which broke the news of the pick-up, reports that the new comedy is about a woman who escapeds from a cult and moves to New York City. Ordering series straight from scripts or pitches without going through the conventional process is a hot tTV trend. NBC's freshman series the Michael J. Fox Show was given a 22 episode order straight from the pitch whiel CBS's upcoming summer series Extant was greenlit solely on the script. Though all of NBC's current comedies are struggling in the ratings, the new show is not slated to premiere until Fall 2014.

  • spinthesky

    This is going to be good.

  • RJ

    Sounds like another low rated comedy failure from NBC.

    I’m telling ya, a Tiny Fey/Amy Poehler multi camera comedy would do very well for NBC. People love both women together and putting them in front of an audience would be great.

    I guess NBC would rather put out a comedy with a no name attached.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Hoping for some of that 30 Rock ratings magic? I kid! If Tina is involved, it will definitely be funny.

  • greenrun

    A woman who escapes a doomsday cult and lives in NYC.. If this was on any other channel it would be cancelled in 2 episodes.. I give it 1 season..

  • TV Addict

    I love Ellie Kemper and Tona Fey. I can’t wait, but I love that comment about Fey and Poelher. Once Parks and Rec ends, that needs to happen.

  • Michael1

    NBC ought to re-start “Kids say the darndest things” with Beck Bennett. His AT&T commercials are hillarious. Seriously NBC, it’s not complicated.

  • Oliver

    Excited for this.

    Ellie Kemper is great, and the involvement of Fey and Carlock should ensure it’ll be funny (which has been a huge problem for NBC in recent years).

  • Azeem

    You had me at “Ellie Kemper”

  • j

    Well…I think its potential is mostly awards/acclaim.

    Which NBC is in need of. Its biggest awards horses Office/30 Rock just ended, while Parks only has 1 Series nom and only 1 of its actors has been nominated.

  • Michael1


    Amy Poehler already has an NBC sitcom, but I can see how you might have forgotten about it, being that it’s a sitcom on NBC. I hope the show centers around picking on a fat guy for absolutely no reason. Between “30 Rock” (Don Lutz) and “Parks and Recreation” (Jerry), NBC has ridden that formula right into the ground.

  • Dan

    @Michael1 – I think RJ remembers Parks & Rec I think RJ just meant after Parks & Rec ends the two actresses should star in a show together.

  • Oliver

    Carlock, who executive produced “30 Rock” for all seven seasons, has won three Emmys. He was also a writer on iconic TV series “Saturday Night Live” and “Friends.”

    And Joey! Let’s not forget Joey!

  • Tony JJ

    Yes a comedy with both Amy and Tina would be amazing. Multi camera would be best but it would probably be great either way.

  • DryedMangoez

    Good that NBC keeps Ellie Kemper on the network.

  • Dan14

    This will be the best sitcom that nobody watches.

  • Jake


  • jrc1978

    Poehler and Fey should do a spin off sitcom based on Baby Mama. I think that would be hilarious…starring both of them of course. (no laugh track…Office / Parks & Rec style)

  • snoot

    Another low rated and Un-funny sitcom headed NBC’s way.

  • RJ

    Yeah, I didn’t forget about Parks and Rec. I’ve watched every episode, but the ratings suck and it should be cancelled.

  • RJ

    I have to agree with what some are saying on here. I have no doubt this will be funny, but it is probably destined to be yet another low-rated NBC single-cam.

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