‘The Office’s Ellie Kemper to star in Tina Fey-written NBC comedy
The comedy duo of Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper have been seen together, but only on Thursday nights on NBC as part of different shows (30 Rock and The Office, respectively). Now, a project the two are collaborating on has been given a 13-episode series order by NBC. The comedy, which is tentatively titled Tooken, will be co-executive produced by Fey, who wrote the pilot with 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock. The sitcom will center on a woman, played by Kemper, who escapes from a doomsday cult to New York City. While there are no plans for Fey to appear onscreen, it’s a possibility that she’ll make a guest appearance on the show.
The new comedy is the latest under Fey’s four-year deal with Universal Television. Another NBC comedy and a FOX sitcom set at a women’s college are also being developed by her. Tooken is set to premiere in Fall of 2014.