Ted Danson to Lead Untitled Tina Fey/Robert Carlock Comedy at NBC

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Some familiar faces in front of and behind the camera are returning to NBC.

Three giants of NBC’s comedy Hall of Fame family – Ted Danson, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock – are joining forces for a straight-to-series order, according to a press release.

Danson will play the lead in NBC’s upcoming comedy series from award-winning writers/producers Fey and Carlock. Universal Television will produce.

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The series is about a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons.

Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population.

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Given the current political state of the City of Los Angeles, I sure hope the mayor will be faced with some more challenging subjects than the coyote population. Even comedies have a voice.

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“We are thrilled to be back home at NBC and writing for one of the network’s greatest stars of all time, Mary Steenburgen’s husband, Ted,” said Fey and Carlock.

“We are so excited that this is the first NBC show we get to greenlight straight to series,” said George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment.

“It’s with talent that we know and love and who have worked on some of the most beloved shows in our network’s history. We can’t wait.”

Danson currently stars on The Good Place, a critical beloved and Emmy-nominated comedy that's going into its final season.

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As one of the most respected actors in television history, Danson has starred in many celebrated series including Cheers, Damages, and CSI Crime Scene Investigation.

With recent roles on The Orville and taking flack for his celebrity status during a series of Smirnoff commercials, Danson always has his finger on the pulse of the moment.

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Danson was recently nominated for an Emmy Award record 13th time Tuesday for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on The Good Place.

As producers, Fey and Carlock won three Emmys for their seminal comedy 30 Rock for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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Over its seven-season run, 30 Rock won 16 Emmys. Fey has won six Emmys for writing and/or acting for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. 

Fey and Carlock are producers of the Netflix/Universal Television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The show was Emmy nominated four times for Outstanding Comedy Series. Production wrapped this week on the show’s upcoming interactive special.

The Carlock-Fey project will be produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. 

Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and David Miner will executive produce. Eric Gurian, President, will oversee for Little Stranger.

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