It's no big secret that NBC has been struggling in the comedy department ever since the ending of great shows like The Office and 30 Rock. For every The Good Place (which is amazing), there's at least three Undateable's and the Peacock's comedy lineup just isn't what it used to be. So, it should come as no surprise that NBC is turning to some veteran comedians that have provided hits in the past to do the same once again. NBC has ordered pilots from both Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling.
According to Variety, NBC has ordered three new comedy pilots from celebrated comedians like Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling. First up is Mindy Kaling's untitled single-camera comedy, which follows Vince, "a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot." Their simple life of women and working out is thrown for a loop when an old high school flame of Vince's drops of the teenage son he never knew about. Priya, the high school ex, will be played by Kaling in a recurring role. Kaling co-created the show with her The Office and The Mindy Project collaborator Charlie Grandy, and the two will serve as writers and executive producers on the untitled comedy.
Sounds a little typical as far as comedies go, but log lines are deceptively simple.
Next up is The Sackett Sisters, executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The project comes from the mind of 30 Rock and Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Luke Del Tredici. The project follows two estranged sisters who after performing a Sully Sullenberger-esque act of public heroism, are forced to navigate their newfound notoriety together. There's no word on if Fey will appear on the show, but we can probably expect more of an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt-type level of involvement.
Both of the shows are worth paying attention too, judging by the creatives talent alone. Both Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey are television veterans, each having been involved with producing some of NBC's most recent notable hits. While that's not a guarantee that either pilot will be successful, it's fair to say that NBC must be putting a lot of faith in these projects.
Mindy Kaling's untitled comedy and The Sackett Sisters join a growing list of new pilots ordered by NBC. Some of these projects include: Spaced Out, a comedy from Bill Lawrence (who made Undateable and Scrubs) about a working-class genius who attempts to make a rocket to Mars; a sitcom from Seth Myers following an Ivy League professor forced to work at a high school; and What about Barb?, a gender-flipped adaptation of the Bill Murray comedy What about Bob?
We're sure to learn a lot more about all the new pilots coming from NBC and the other networks, so keep checking in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.