Ted Danson and Tina Fey are joining forces for a new sitcom which has been given a straight to series order at the network which launched Fey’s career via ‘SNL’ and currently airs existential comedy ‘The Good Place’ in which Danson stars.
The series will focus on the story of a wealthy businessman who is unexpectedly elected mayor of Los Angeles. Fey and her longtime producing partner, Robert Carlock, are writing and executive producing the show with the single-camera effort hailing from Fey’s Universal Television-based Little Stranger banner.
According to sources, the series has been in the works for more than a year with Fey and Carlock considering reteaming with their former ’30 Rock’ star Alec Baldwin for a different project, which ultimately did not happen. This series, however, was written specifically for Danson.
A formal episode count has not been determined and it remains to be seen if the new surefire comedic hit will air during the 2019-20 broadcast season as Danson is currently in production on the final season of NBC’s ‘The Good Place.’ And by the way – the news that ‘The Good Place’ is ending in the fall takes me to a very bad place.
On Tuesday Danson earned his 13th career Emmy nomination for his work on ‘The Good Place’ and also won two lead actor Emmys during his 11-season run on ‘Cheers.’ Fey and Carlock won three best comedy series Emmys for ’30 Rock’ during its 2006-13 run.
The duo also executive produce Universal TV’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ for Netflix, which recently wrapped production on its interactive series finale. Fey has also won six Emmys for writing and acting on ’30 Rock’ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Said Fey and Carlock,
“We are thrilled to be back home at NBC and writing for one of the network’s greatest stars of all time, Mary Steenburgen’s husband, Ted.”