What happens when a '30 Rock' creator joins forces with an 'Office' actor? Well, we're about to find out! NBC has granted a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a new half-hour comedy series created by the hilarious Tina Fey and her '30 Rock' collaborator Robert Carlock, starring 'The Office' alum Ellie Kemper. Fey and Kemper working together? We want to go to there.
As of now, the project officially remains untitled, though there's some talk of it tenatively being called 'Tooken.' Set to premiere in fall 2014, the main premise of the show will center around a woman (Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts her life over in New York City. And while the whole cult thing may sound a little too dark to be considered a comedy, if anyone can make something like this funny it's Ms. Fey. Unfortunately, Fey has no plans of appearing onscreen, save for a possible guest-star appearance.
Of course, the network is excited to work with such a dynamic team once more. “Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on '30 Rock,' have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “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.”
But this is just one of the many projects Fey has in her comedy arsenal. She is also working on the pipeline to a 'Cheers'-esque workplace comedy for NBC as well as a women's college-set sitcom for FOX. Not to mention that whole Golden Globes hosting thing she's recently signed up for with gal pal Amy Poehler. Suffice to say, Fey's a pretty busy woman these days, and we couldn't be more thrilled about it.
So what do you think of Fey's latest project? Is it something you'll tune in to see next fall? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below!