The scoop on Tina Fey's sitcom pilot

91038__tina_l_1Unlike some of my fellow PopWatch colleagues, I have an unlimited appetite for news about TV pilots. In fact, I love ‘em so much, I wish there was a channel totally devoted to shows that never made the network cut. (Where do unaired pilots go, anyhow? Pilot limbo?)

Needless to say then, I was jazzed to see this New York Times article taking a behind-the-scenes look at Tina Fey’s prospective NBC sitcom, which is a behind-the-scenes look at a Carol Burnett-style variety show. The article points out the perils of Fey’s pilot (also starring Rachel Dratch, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan) competing for a spot on the NBC schedule with Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 (starring Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet, among others), a drama set backstage at an SNL-type comedy show, but what’s the big deal? As NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly points out: "In some ways, why is it any different than when there have been three or four cop shows on any schedule, or Scrubs and ER, which are tonally very different?"

I concur! And anyhow, I don’t know about you, but the more new series set outside of hospitals, crime labs, and district attorneys offices, the better.

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  • newbie

    Bring ‘em on! While they do sound similar in settings, they could end up very different. The casts alone have my interest at maximum alert. We never would have had The Larry Sanders Show if someone said the premise was too similar to the Dick Van Dyke Show.BOTH are now classics. I think the Pilot Channel would be great! At the very least, it would be a hoot for it to be a theme weekend on TVLand or VH1!

  • Jay

    This is exciting to see the two brillant creative minds of Aaron Sorkin and Tina Fey are developing shows. Both shows have casts filled with talented, proven actors which should prove to be very entertaining. This will definitely fill a much needed void. I completely agree there are way too many dramas,it seems like every time I turn on the tv its another crime show,finally NBC is trying to bring the funny.

  • Aramis

    Tina is one of the best writers in television, hands down. Mean Girls was such a hit, so I’d find it a bit of a stretch to see anything she gets behind fail. I know that sounds optimistic, but hey, it’s TINA FEY! This is the woman who made the following quote mainstream: “Someone put in that book that I’m lying about being a virgin. But I can’t help it if I have a heavy flow and a wideset v@gin@!”
    As for the slue of stillborn pilots, I follow MS in the thinking that there should be a forum to air them. I’m not sure how a network would fare, but definitely a good time block on Nick at Nite or TVLand!

  • brandonk

    Didn’t they have a channel that showed unaired pilots for a while? I seem to recall something about it stopping or getting shut down or something.

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    Trio TV, which had a limited budget, decided to air a baraage of foreign and unaired pilots (cheaper to buy the rights) and, occasioanlly, I, Caludius. The channel never caught on aside from the Chattering Classes, and, unfortunately, disappeared onto the web. (

  • Josh

    I agree with you MS, I’d like to see both get on the air. Though the amazing cast combined with Sorkin makes me more excited for that project, I’ve also loved Tina Fey’s weekend updates and ‘Mean Girls’ and am excited to see what she could do for NBC Comedy. It might make a good pairing with ‘Scrubs’ or ‘Earl’

  • Ep Sato

    Forget the Pilot channel. It would be cool, but not as cool as the “fake tv shows and movies from the movies” channel. Anyone else dying to see a few episodes of “Viking Quest” or the pilot of “Fox Force Five”? The channel could feature ads from Big Kahuna burgers and Acme.

  • Tim L

    Damn straight!
    I know we are going through a rough patch in TV right now. I mean, I just wish this medical drama drought would end! When will we have a show about Doctors who play by their own rules! Bleck!
    I think they should put Tina and Aaron back-to-back. I’ll watch both. In fact, I’ll TIVO them and watch them again and again and again.

  • The Other Kyle

    Tina Fey is almost as overrated as Jimmy Fallon. The only reason those two have been break-out stars on SNL over the last 5 or so years is because they’ve been surround by horrible horrible talent.
    Bring on Sorkin’s show.
    And I agree Ep Sato. Long live “Viking Quest”!!

  • MJ

    If there was a Pilot Channel, it should be American Idol-style where viewers vote and decide which shows get developed into whole series. Who knows better than us what we’ll watch?

  • Jess

    I can’t imagine that Tina’s sitcom won’t get picked up. For one thing, she’s downright hilarious. She can take a tired old genre like teen comedy and turn it into something brilliant. I’m sure she could do the same for sitcoms! Not to mention that her humor brand of humor would fit perfectly with The Office and My Name is Earl, which are hands down the best comedies on a broadcast network in ages.
    Besides, at the risk of sounding like an uber-feminist, it would be nice to see a female-centered sitcom that wasn’t stereotypical.

  • brittany

    hey did yhu play the movie with lindsay lohan in mean girls as her mom>>??//

  • Peter Krikels

    Gefällt mir gut!

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