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4:18 pm - 01/09/2013

Tina Fey Speaks Truth: NBC's Broad Comedy Plan Is Wrong

Tina-and-Amy-400x347Tina Fey has been the queen of NBC comedy for more than a decade, thanks to "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." With "30 Rock" wrapping up its seven-year run, Fey signed a deal with the network and is poised to create new shows and possibly star in them for the Peacock network, but she has a problem with NBC's comedy plan.

"Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love, and we love, tend to be a bit more narrow than we'd ultimately like going forward," NBC's Robert Greenblatt told reporters in 2012.

However, he praised the current "niche" comedies. "I don't want to say anything negative about what Tina Fey does, or 'Parks and Rec' or 'The Office,'" he continued. "Those are great shows. But it's a challenge in comedy to broaden."

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter prior to her Golden Globe hosting gig, Fey said NBC's "broad" comedy plan is wrong when asked if she had it in her to create a something not so narrow.

"You know what? They’re wrong, and I’m going to wait that out," Fey said. "What they want is hits, but no one knows what that is. Remember when Jeff Zucker was like: 'I've got a new plan! We’re only going to make hits!' [Laughs.] It’s hard. I couldn't do it. I couldn’t be a network exec
."

Fey's new deal is for four years.

"She's been a cornerstone of the network for over the past 10 years and there was just no way we were going to let her get away," Greenblatt said in September. "It's a measure of our esteem for her as a writer, actress and producer -- she's in a class by herself."

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lillylilacs 10th-Jan-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
npr's pop culture happy hour predicted this would be parks and rec last year because of the revamp, and the office/30 rock are ending. =(( I know it is in it's 5th season, but it doesn't feel like it has been on that long imo.
summerswings 10th-Jan-2013 05:03 am (UTC)
Yeah but Parks and Rec would at least get a mini-season of 12 next year if NBC cancelled it, Schur and NBC said as much
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