The Word: Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper are teaming up for a TV show

Tina Fey (L) and writing partner Tracey Wigfield accept the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for "30 Rock" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 22, 2013.   Credit: Reuters
Tina Fey, left, and writing partner Tracey Wigfield accept the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “30 Rock” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September. Credit: Reuters

Well, this is a match made in heaven. Or perhaps at Amy Poehler’s house.

Fellow lady comedians and improv scene alums Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper will team up for a sitcom next year. The new show, which will follow a young woman who flees a cult to start a new life in New York City, will star “Office” actress Ellie Kemper. Tina Fey and her partner Robert Carlock will write and produce, according to Deadline.

The show doesn’t have a title yet, but NBC must have a lot of faith in it — they took the unusual step of ordering it straight to series, without making a pilot first. It’s a somewhat surprising move for NBC, since it seemed to be nudging its comedy stable in a more conventional, less critical-darling-y direction this year.

No word on whether Tina will appear in the show herself, but since she’s working on a number of new projects, best not expect to see much of her. Hopefully Ellie will occasionally don glasses and do a dorky elbow dance so we don’t get too lonely for Liz Lemon.


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