There are very few shows that will ever compare to the comedic gold that was Tina Fey’s 30 Rock. But it turns out her latest untitled project could’ve been a 30 Rock spin off if Alec Baldwin didn’t pull out.
Fey’s spin off would’ve seen Jack Donaghy call it quits at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a new gig as the mayor of New York.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alec Baldwin was in negotiations with NBC for nearly a year trying to agree on a contract for the untitled show. However, the hilarious Trump impersonator eventually pulled out of the show altogether.
After Baldwin decided to crush our dreams and officially decline the role, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (a fellow 30 Rock executive producer) decided to enlist the help Ted freaking Danson.
It’s not quite the 30 Rock spin off I was hoping for, but Ted Danson playing a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor “for all the wrong reasons” sounds equally entertaining.
“We are so excited that this is the first NBC show we get to greenlight straight to series,” NBC co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy said. “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.”
Since casting Danson, the script has been tweaked to distance itself from 30 Rock and will now be set on the west coast instead of New York.
With the masterminds behind the likes of Mean Girls, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock behind it, it’s obvious that this show is bound to be a comedic masterpiece when it eventually hits streaming services.
We don’t have a release date yet, but it looks like Ted Danson’s commitments with The Good Place might mean that we don’t get to see it until late 2020 or early 2021.