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."

isntdaveone 10th-Jan-2013 12:39 am (UTC)

bring back REAL comedies like The Joey Bishop Show, Seinfeld, CHEERS, Wings, The John Larroquette Show, The Cosby Show.
soba_kasu 10th-Jan-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
all of those make me fall asleep compared to the genius of 30 rock. all "honey im home" *clap clap clap* boring bullshit

Edited at 2013-01-10 12:46 am (UTC)
k5memo 10th-Jan-2013 01:08 am (UTC)
IA. the "honey im home" recipe is so blerg.
musicpsych 10th-Jan-2013 02:35 am (UTC)
broken_organ 10th-Jan-2013 07:32 am (UTC)
I agree, I'm not sure what makes Wings or the Cosby Show a REAL comedy...
interpol15 10th-Jan-2013 12:50 am (UTC)
Cheers was amazing. Still makes me laugh.
lenra 10th-Jan-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
vivisexion 10th-Jan-2013 01:23 am (UTC)
i rly want seinfeld to come back and get all their ideas from that modern seinfeld twitter acct
hproxmysox 10th-Jan-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
yes. best twitter ever.
senkig 10th-Jan-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
cosby show is really the only traditional sitcom i've ever found funny
browneyedguuurl 10th-Jan-2013 04:46 am (UTC)
Wings gave me soooo much life!

corroded_tears 10th-Jan-2013 06:41 am (UTC)
"..walking in my winter underwear..."
luvlorn 10th-Jan-2013 05:07 am (UTC)
I love Seinfeld. It's still funny. :)
faeana 10th-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Cheers is seriously so fucking good. I was rewatching the first season on netflix recently and I'm impressed by how much it's stood up over time. The laugh track doesn't even bother me (and it pisses me off a lot in shows like HIMYM).
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