Looks like Tina Fey is going to "Rock" on with NBC for four more years.
Variety reports today that the NBC stalwart has agreed to a four year overall deal with Universal Television, developing new shows in which she may choose to act. Fey has been a part of the NBC-Universal family since 1997, joining as a writer on "Saturday Night Live" before breaking out in her 'Weekend Update' role on the show.
"She's been a cornerstone of the network for over the past 10 years and there was just no way we were going to let her get away," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Variety. "It's a measure of our esteem for her as a writer, actress and producer -- she's in a class by herself."
The deal follows an overall pattern from Universal TV to nail down their prime players to long term deals. Recently, Jason Katims ("Parenthood"), Greg Daniels ("The Office") and Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") have agreed to deals, while the studio has also brought in new talent such as Jon Favreau and Phillip Noyce to develop shows for NBC. However, Greenblatt acknowledges that a future project could find Fey developing a show through Universal TV that winds up on a rival network.
"We would love to have her all over NBC in front of and behind the camera, but if she's got something great that's ripe for another network, that's something we'll embrace," Greenblatt said.
Unfortunately, this does not change plans for this to be "30 Rock"'s final season. Dang it.