Tina Fey’s powers as a sitcom writer and producer are apparently in such demand that Fox has reportedly bypassed the pilot stage and said yes to a new, full-fledged series from her.
The series from Fey and two of her co-producers on “30 Rock” — Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock — is a comedy about an all-female college that admits men for the first time. The show is not yet titled, says this story from The Hollywood Reporter.
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The story gives no details such as the number of episodes Fox is ordering, nor when the show would be produced and ready to premiere. The story does say Fey, 43, has no plans to star in the show. No cast possibilities were mentioned either.
But the deal is a rare one. The vast majority of TV shows get an order for a single pilot episode before getting a series order. And, of course, most shows don’t get past the pilot stage after network execs get a look at them.
But Fey has emerged as one of those rare special cases. While “30 Rock” lost approximately half its audience from its first season to its fourth and last, it was nevertheless critically acclaimed, won an armload of Emmys, and thanks to its ubiquity in rerun syndication, it’s making money for everyone involved.
This new Fox show (for which other networks were reportedly in contention) is the second Fey sitcom project in the news this week. The other one was reportedly purchased by NBC — but seemingly only in “concept” form (as opposed to a full-fledged commitment to a series). It is said to be about a young woman who reconnects with her father.