We’ve heard rumblings for quite some time and now it’s finally been revealed. NBC has unveiled it’s new streaming service called SeeSo. For only $4 a month, you’ll have access some of the best content the network has to offer including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Saturday Night Live. More exciting than that is the fact the service will also be providing and heavily focusing on original content. There will be shows from Community‘s Dan Harmon as well as content from the Upright Citizens Brigade crew. If it’s exclusive content that you want, well, you’ll get it from the likes of The Kids in the Hall. The service will also include three to five films a month plus a library of all the Monty Python movies, and live streamed comedy concerts once a month. It’s all coming your way in January.
From 30 Rock executive producers, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite, Jane Krakowski from 30 Rock, in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore. Roll it.
Will Arnett is back at Netflix. The streaming company has ordered 8 episodes of Flaked. The show, which was created by and will also star Arnett, takes place in Venice, California. Arnett’s character, Chip, is a self-appointed guru who falls for the object of his best friend’s facination. Arnett will write the series alongside his co-creator Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), with Electus founder Ben Silverman, manager Peter Principato and ‘Arrested’ creator Mitch Hurwitz joining the pair as executive producers. Electus, which is behind Netflix’s Marco Polo as well as the CW’s Golden Globe nominee Jane the Virgin, and Principato-Young are providing production services on the Netflix production. “We are thrilled to be the home of Will Arnett’s next series, and look forward to Chip joining his repertoire alongside such diverse and inspirational characters such as Gob, Bojack and Batman,” said Netflix’s VP of original content Cindy Holland. Added Arnett, “We’re very excited to partner with Netflix, the home of original, original content, and the network I knew would be the ideal home for this passion project.” Arnett is a five-time Emmy nominee for his work on Arrested Development and 30 Rock and stayed busy in 2014 starring in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lego Movie and The Nut Job.
Former 30 Rock writer/producer Colleen McGuinness has sold her second pilot this year. According to Deadline, McGuinness has sold a single-camera comedy to Fox and is getting some very big names to help her with it. A-Listers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have signed on as producers alongside McGuinness and Jennifer Todd.
The untitled show centers around “a 25-year-old woman who works at a frozen yogurt shop and whose life is going nowhere – until she discovers she is telekinetic.” This comes on the heels of McGuinness’ other untitled comedy she sold to NBC. Fellow 30 Rock co-workers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are co-producing the comedy described as “character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island.
McGuinness was a writer for seasons six and seven on 30 Rock, and last year was a supervising producer for About A Boy.
When 30 Rock went off the air a year ago, we professed our love for the show with a list of 30 Reasons We’ll Miss 30 Rock. Number 14 on that list was the series of Hannibal Buress cameos that he’d make as a homeless person, or as Liz Lemon called them, “recurring hobos.” Buress was a writer on 30 Rock and was put into episodes here and there providing for some terrifically wacky moments. Internet people Oakley And Allen put together this supercut of Buress and all of his hoboiest moments on 30 Rock. We thank you in advance for making our weekend. Buress has viewed the clip and declared via Twitter, “Hey Emmys, it’s not too late to atone for your mistakes.”
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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.
Tina Fey is back in business with NBC/Universal. Well, not that she ever left really. But she is working on another workplace comedy for the peacock network. The project, which is currently untitled also links Fey back with her 30 Rock showrunner, Robert Carlock. While Fey is involved, the writer for the project is another 30 Rock alum, writer-producer Colleen McGuiness who actually sold the script to the network.
The show’s basic premise is to be be character-driven in the workplace in the vein of Cheers. It will star a young woman trying to reconnect with her father and finds a new family on Fire Island. The show will fall under Fey’s Little Stranger production company and is part of the overall four-year development deal she struck with NBC/Universal last year.
Streaming video service Netflix is still relatively new to original programming, but they’re off to an amazing start. Their drama House of Cards got nine Emmy nominations, the first time a streaming video service picked up any nominations, and possibly a glimpse at what’s to come in future years. Jason Bateman also picked up an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nomination for his role in Arrested Development. Sadly, that was the only major nomination that AD picked up, and marks the first time that the show wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
As far as the shows that were, 30 Rock ended its run by picking up nine nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The 13 noms are more than any other comedy this year. The other shows garnering nominations included The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family and HBO series Girls and Veep. Louis C.K. did well in addition to his show being nominated – he also picked up nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor, hosting Saturday Night Live, and for his special “Oh My God.” Between Two Ferns also picked up a nomination for Short-Format-Live Action Entertainment. Read More
The FX network just announced, yet another, comedy pilot that will be coming to the channel called Death Pact starring Tracey Morgan. After the recent wrap on the very successful 30 Rock series, FX quickly picked up Morgan to star in their new show. Death Pact is about a past high school coach, who also deals marijuana, and now receives a great homecoming as a war hero (played by Tracey Morgan). Once home, Morgan’s character starts up a self-help group, however, if you fail there are some serious consequences. I’m pretty sure I would not want to be the one who upsets a past coach and war hero, especially one as loud as Morgan. No word on when the show will make it to series, but it looks interesting to say the least. Stay tuned for more details.
This week the outrageous seventh season of everybody’s favorite TV series, 30 Rock hits stores! Though it is still sad that the show had to come to an end, and we think we gave the show the proper send off it deserved here, it doesn’t mean that you can’t relive all of your favorite moments from the series’ final and terrific season.
From Tracy Jordan’s shocking medical news, Kenneth’s new girlfriend, Jenna’s surprise wedding, Lemon’s princess Leia wedding to Chriss Cross and baby adoption, plus Jack’s business crossroads.
Season 7 wrapped up an excellently written series of comedic content that was as consistently great as any other great sitcoms that came before it. So, get working on your night cheese and pick it up today and complete your 30 Rock collection! Read More