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NBC taps Tina Fey and Parks and Rec creator for new comedies

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NBC has ordered two new comedy projects from tried and true show creators. The network is moving forward with a comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the creative brains behind 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as a second project with Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The news was announced by NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt during a TCA event Thursday.

Still untitled, the Fey-Carlock project will focus on a complicated mother-daughter relationship made even more so when the mother becomes an intern at the cable news network where her daughter works. So far, a pilot has been ordered, and the series is expected to get a full series order, according to Deadline.

Tracey Wigfield, a former 30 Rock writer who previously won an Emmy Award with Fey, will work on the Fey-Carlock comedy. “The combination of Tina, Robert and Tracey we think makes this as good as it gets,” said Greenblatt. Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Little Stranger will produce the project, while Fey, Carlock, Wigfield, and David Miner will serve as executive producers.

Mike Schur’s comedy, which is tentatively being called The Good Place, received a straight-to-series order. The 13-episode first season is set to follow a woman as she grapples over what it means to be good. Greenblatt likened the protagonist to Parks & Rec‘s Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) in that she’s a “strong, funny, complicated female character.” The Good Place will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts, and Fremulon. Schur will be joined by David Miner as executive producer.

No timeline has been given for when the new projects may hit the airwaves, but we look forward to seeing more sitcoms on NBC. The network’s fall lineup is light on comedies, including only two with just one returning series.

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