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NBC Is Bringing Out the Big Guns In Their Battle To Stay Relevant With New Shows From Tina Fey and Mike Schur

By Vivian Kane | Industry | August 13, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | August 13, 2015 |

We’re still in the middle of what now seems to be the unending TCA press tour, which means every network is presenting the stars and creators of their current shows as well as new shows to a room full of television critics. And the NBC panel just dropped two big, awesome trade news bombs.

The network is starting a new season after losing/tastelessly giving up both Parks & Recreation and Hannibal. Neither was the flagship show NBC might have been longing for— they both had relatively small but very vocal audiences, and went a long way toward earning the network some credibility in terms of quality. So how is NBC going to boost itself back up this season? By turning to two of its most successful alums, ordering new shows from both Mike Schur and Tina Fey.

First up, Mike Schur, the creator of little shows like The Office, Parks & Rec, and Brooklyn Nine Nine, has been given a full series order for A Good Place, which is about “a woman wrestling with what it means to be good.” There aren’t any more details available, but honestly that’s enough to earn our excitement. Schur, a female lead, and light philosophical exploration? Consider me breakdancing.

Next is an untitled comedy from Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, The Mindy Project). The show, which so far is only shooting a pilot episode, is a “slightly autobiographical comedy about an up-and-coming millennial woman working at a cable news network where her meddling mother gets a job.” I’m imagining 30 Rock meets The Mary Tyler Moore Show meets Toddlers and Tiaras and now if you’ll excuse me I have to go sit in a corner excitedly waiting for this show to air. Either that or find a bunch of angels to high five in gratitude for what I assume is their work.


Via TV Line.

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