NBC has given a straight-to-series order for a new comedy from Emmy Award winners Tina Fey, Ted Danson and Robert Carlock.
Danson is set to play the lead in the new series, starring as a wealthy businessman who unexpectedly wins the election to become the mayor of Los Angeles. After his win, 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. Fey and Carlock are set to write and produce the series. Universal Television is on board as the series’ producer, alongside Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment.
As producers, Fey and Carlock won three outstanding comedy series Emmys for 30 Rock, which won a total of 16 Emmys over its seven-season run. Fey has won six Emmys for writing and/or acting for the series, as well as for Saturday Night Live. Fey and Carlock are also behind the Netflix/Universal Television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was nominated for four Emmys for outstanding comedy series.
Danson currently stars in the Emmy-nominated comedy The Good Place. He is most memorably known for his portrayal of Boston bartender Sam Malone on NBC’s multi-award-winning comedy Cheers, which ran for 11 seasons and won three Emmys as outstanding comedy series.
Jeff Richmond and David Miner will executive produce alongside Carlock and Fey.
“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 of 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.”