Tina Fey is a very busy woman. She's developing a comedy starring Ellie Kemper for NBC. She's returning (along with Amy Poehler) as co-host of the 2014 Golden Globes. And more recently, she sold a comedy pilot to FOX, which she's bringing to the screen alongside former '30 Rock' colleagues Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock. According to Deadline, the latter project has now found its star.
Bonnie Dennison has been acting pretty steadily since the early 2000s, appearing in guest roles on 'Law & Order' and 'Law & Order: SVU' before quickly moving on to the series regular role of Emily Yokas on the last three seasons of NBC drama 'Third Watch.' Following that show's cancellation, the 24-year-old assumed the longterm role of Daisy Lemay on legendary soap opera 'Guiding Light' from 2007-2009. While she's gone on to do more guest spots since, this pilot represents the still quite young Dennison's first shot at a series lead. She must have really impressed Fey during the audition process.
The still untitled comedy is set at a historically women's only college that has just decided to begin accepting male students for the first time. Dennison will play the character of Thena (who was originally named the much more normal sounding Callie), a hard-core feminist and leader of a sizable group that wants men kept far away from the university's campus. However, her surface toughness hides a surprisingly vulnerable and romantic side.
The pilot is being produced by Universal. 'How I Met Your Mother' helmer Pamela Fryman will direct.