It is no secret that NBC has had a rough time establishing new hit comedies however, this has not stopped the network from making an extra push in the genre. NBC has ordered new comedy projects from comedy veterans Tina Fey & Mike Schur (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Mike Schur (Parks & Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Both projects fall under the Universal TV production bracket meaning NBC will have complete ownership over the projects.
The network has given a 13 episode straight-to-seres order to Mike Schur’s The Good Place (working title) which centres on a woman wrestling with what it means to be good. The series is set to premiere during the 2016-17 season and will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon. At NBC’s TCA meeting on August 13, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said “Mike came in and laid out the whole season. We loved it so much, we ordered it to series. The guy who bought Amy Poehler to primetime is bringing another strong, funny, complicated female character to TV”.
The untitled Fey-Carlock pilot will be written by Tracey Wingfield, a young writer who co-wrote alongside Fey the series finale of 30 Rock, which won an emmy award. The pilot centres on a mother-daughter relationship that is challenged when an overly involved New Jersey mom gets an internship at her daughter’s workplace, a cable news network.
The Fey-Carlock project will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts and Little Stranger. Fey and Carlock’s most recent project is the Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which was previously developed, and ordered by NBC and was set to air in midseason 2015. However, Greenblatt released Kimmy Schmidt to Netflix with a two-season pick up. The sitcom went on to receive multiple emmy award nominations. Greenblatt said “we looked for the best wat to launch the show. To know Tina Fey is to love her, and we wanted to put the series where it would have the best chance of success”.