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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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diamond_dust06 10th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
And didn't she also write Mean Girls?
grammaire 10th-Jan-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Yes.
k5memo 10th-Jan-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
I think this alone makes her okay in my book.
principino 10th-Jan-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
It's not really much of a movie. Like the Hughes films from the '80s of its day.
cageyb 10th-Jan-2013 01:52 am (UTC)
It's also based on a book, so it's not like she came up with the concept from scratch either.
so_chic_doll 10th-Jan-2013 01:56 am (UTC)
it's not really based on a book.

she's used a sort of self-help book about the "queen bees" in high school as inspo-- the storyline is all her own.
summerswings 10th-Jan-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
It's based on a book as much as Pitch Perfect is, which is to say, they used a concept and wrote an entire 200 page movie script with their own invented characters and words and everything.
freeze_i_say 11th-Jan-2013 10:26 am (UTC)
a self-help book, not a work of fiction with characters etc tho
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