Tina Fey is taking over television. I repeat, Tina Fey is taking over television. Just a few days after the new Colleen McGuinness-penned comedy she’s producing was sold to NBC, Tina has sold another comedy, this time to Fox. And oh my goodness, you guys, they gave it a series commitment. Without a pilot even having been made. And they were in a bidding war with other networks. Because guess what? Everybody wants a piece of the Fey. According to Deadline, this show is being written and produced by 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, and Tina is executive producing with her 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock. I am loving all the 30 Rock love on all these new projects. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Unfortunately, as with the NBC show, Tina will not be starring in this one. Blerg!
This new show is about a women’s college that begins accepting men for the first time in history. I’m sure plenty of shenanigans will ensue. I’m interested to see how the 30 Rock crew approaches a story about youngsters. Based on Tina’s handling of Mean Girls, I’m not worried. What I must admit I am the teensiest-weensiest bit worried about, however, is the fact that, unlike the NBC show, this is a multi-camera comedy. When I read “multi-camera” I automatically think “laugh track,” and then I cringe. Multi-camera sitcoms seem so dated in this era of single-camera television, and it can sometimes be hard for me to ignore the format and enjoy the show. However, if the show’s funny enough I’m confident it can overcome the set-up, and since it has the Tina Fey stamp of approval, I think it’s safe to say it’ll be funny.
Now that Tina has a place at NBC and Fox, she just has to sell a show to the other major networks and then maybe a few to some cable networks. And maybe to Netflix. And she can feel free to just go ahead and do a one-woman show. In my living room. Yeah, that sounds like a good plan. What do you think?