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NBC orders Ellie Kemper comedy from Tina Fey

By James Hibberd, EW.com
October 31, 2013 -- Updated 1846 GMT (0246 HKT)
Tina Fey (left) is writing and producing a new comedy that will star Ellie Kemper.
Tina Fey (left) is writing and producing a new comedy that will star Ellie Kemper.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NBC has ordered a comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock
  • The two "30 Rock" cohorts will both write and produce the sitcom
  • "The Office's" Ellie Kemper is set to star
  • The comedy is scheduled to bow next fall

(EW.com) -- Ellie Kemper is officially returning to NBC.

"The Office" actress will star in a new sitcom written and produced by "30 Rock's" Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

The network has ordered, straight-to-series, 13 episodes of the new comedy for next fall. The series will center on a woman (Kemper) who "escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City."

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"Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on '30 Rock,' have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

"While tapping into very relatable themes, there isn't anything like this anywhere else on television. NBC has been their home for many years and we're so happy that they've found another way to push the comedy envelope for us."

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Added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment: "Original voices like Tina and Robert don't come along very often and we wanted them back on the air as soon as possible. And to have them working with Ellie Kemper — who we watched grow up on 'The Office' from supporting player to leading actress — puts the whole package together. We feel fortunate to be in business with this entire creative team on something so funny, unique, and attention-getting."

See the original story on EW.com.

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