“30 Rock” fans aching for more of comedienne Tina Fey’s wit in their lives won’t have to wait much longer. The former “Saturday Night Live” scribe who brought us Liz Lemon & Co. sold not one but two new television shows in the past week.
One of the shows is a multicamera comedy about a women’s college that starts accepting men, and it's a joint effort by Fey, “30 Rock” co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and “30 Rock” co-showrunner Robert Carlock. Deadline.com reported on Friday that Fox bought that show “in a very competitive situation with multiple networks bidding.”
Fox bought the show under a series commitment, which means the show is guaranteed to get a certain number of episodes ordered should Universal Television and the network both like the script, Entertainment Weekly said.
Fey also backed a project by “30 Rock” writer-producer Colleen McGuinness that was snapped up by NBC last week. That show is “a character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island,” according to Deadline.com, which reported the project is something in a vein similar to “Cheers.” That project is first out of the gate from Fey’s production company, Little Stranger, which has a four-year deal with NBC-affiliated Uni TV.
“30 Rock” ended its seven-season run in January. The show is up for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as outstanding lead actress and actor in a comedy series for Fey and Alec Baldwin. The 2013 Emmy ceremony, to be hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris, will take place Sept. 22.
Much like main character Liz Lemon, Fey spent the “30 Rock” years trying to balance running a major network comedy program and her personal life: She’s married to “30 Rock” composer Jeff Richmond and has two daughters. After seven years of 18-hour workdays from time to time, one might expect that Fey would have welcomed some rest -- but adjusting to the lack of the daily grind isn’t always easy.
“I feel like I just got out of prison, and I don’t know how to act right,” Fey said on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in February, as reported by Salon.
Since Fey got sprung, she has been keeping busy. She shot scenes for the latest “Muppets” movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” slated for release next March, and she starred opposite Paul Rudd in “Admission,” which opened to lukewarm reviews last March.