NBC Orders New Tina Fey Comedy About a Jersey Mother

Deadline reports that NBC, in an attempt to get back in the laughs game, has ordered a new comedy project by 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt dream team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

The yet-to-be-titled series will be written by Tracey Wigfield, who won an Emmy with Fey for co-writing the 30 Rock series finale. It will concern a “mother-daughter relationship that is challenged when an overly involved New Jersey mom gets an internship at her daughter’s workplace, a cable news network.”

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How Seven Philly-Born Celebrities Stay Fit

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For celebs who are in the spotlight constantly, keeping in shape is practically part of their job. So it’s no surprise that many of the stars we adore are as fit as it comes. These seven Philadelphia born-and-bred celebrities — from Kevin Hart to P!nk to Will Smith and more — are definitely fit and, call us nosy, but I’m sure we’re not alone in wanting to know how they do it. So we shamelessly dug up their wellness routines to inspire, inform, and entertain you. Check them out below.  Read more »

Tituss Burgess on Training Young Broadway Hopefuls at the Kimmel Center

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On Monday, a handful of Broadway and television professionals came to Philly to kick off a weeklong musical theater intensive at the Kimmel Center. They’re here as part of the Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), which offers top-notch training to young musical theater hopefuls. At the end of the week, the youth will join their teachers and each other in “Generation,” a Broadway-style revue in which they’ll show off all the things they’ve learned throughout the week.

Among those who are in town for BDF is hilarious stage and television star Tituss Burgess, who has brought tears of laughter to our eyes as grumpy Sebastian the Crab in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid, and, perhaps most famously, as “Peeno Noir“-penner Titus Andromedon in Tina Fey’s hit Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I nabbed 15 minutes of phone time with him this afternoon to chat about what he’s up to at the Kimmel, what’s next for his flamboyant character on Kimmy Schmidt and of course what it’s like working with Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey.

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Tina Fey and Kimmy Schmidt Cast Lip-Sync Beyoncé’s “Flawless”

Last night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess posted on Instagram a video of him, Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski lip-syncing Beyoncé’s “Flawless.”

The video was taken from a jet and, being an Instagram post, it’s dreadfully short. They all get to show off their lip-syncing skills, though—especially Fey, who nails it with an extra bit of sass at the end.

Earlier that day, the crew attended the Television Critics Association press tour to talk up season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The series, which was created by Fey and her 30 Rock co-hort Robert Carlock, is due out late 2015.

Arts and Entertainment Selfies

Our mother publication, Philadelphia magazine, recently complied a collection of 75 selfies from notable faces around the region. Of course, there’s plenty of familiar folks in Philly’s rich arts and entertainment world that made the cut. Below you’ll find their shameless selfie poses that they shared with our readers.

Sharon Pinkenson with bestie Donna Livingston at the Beverly Hills Hotel, March 29, 2015.

Sharon Pinkenson with bestie Donna Livingston at the Beverly Hills Hotel, March 29, 2015.

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HuffPo Wants Tina Fey’s Face on the Next Twenty-Dollar Bill

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Now that it’s been confirmed that Alexander Hamilton will be replaced by a woman on the ten-dollar bill, there’s talk that we should do the same for Andrew Jackson and the twenty. There’s already a host of ladies in the running to replace Hamilton, including historic names like the great Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt, which means one of them will likely earn the prominent spot on the $20 if things decide to go that way. They’re all great choices, but wouldn’t it be quite the triumph to have someone local? Someone like, say, Tina Fey? One blogger on Huffington Post is arguing her case, tongue-and-cheek as it may be. The writer’s stance:

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WATCH: Tracy Morgan Opens Up in Tearful First Interview Since New Jersey Car Crash

On the Today show this morning, Matt Lauer interviewed Tracy Morgan in what was the comedic actor’s first sit-down interview since the fatal car crash he was in last June. In the clip, Morgan sheds tears when talking about his friend and fellow comedian James McNair, who was killed in the crash.

The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mac,” Morgan told Lauer. “Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal.”

He also talked about his own recovery process: “There are times where I have my good day and my bad days, where I forget things. … There are times where I get the headaches, and the nose bleeds. I won’t even let my lady know because I don’t want her to be worried about it.” He also repeatedly thanked friends and family who called to check on him throughout his recovery, including Upper Darby native and his 30 Rock co-star Tina Fey. Check out the video above.

Tina Fey and Amy Schumer Make Out at the Peabody Awards

Tina Fey and Amy Schumer pulled a Britney and Madonna last night in New York at the Peabody Awards. Fey was on stage to introduce Schumer, who was being honored with a Peabody for her work on her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer.

During Fey’s speech, the Upper Darby comedian praised Schumer, saying, she “is killing it, as the agents like to say. Usually they are lying. But in this case it is true. Amy is killing it. She is the biggest deal in comedy right now,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. “I really wanted to come down here tonight, and in a Madonna kind of way try to like feed off of her youth and maybe suck her soul out in a very awkward, staged lesbian kiss.”

And as you can imagine, that’s just what happened when Schumer finally came out. The Daily Mail describes the intimate details:

The women started with a light peck at a respectful distance before transitioning into what resembled a passionate make-out session.

They pressed their faces close and wrapped their arms tightly around each other.

Tina, 45, also held up her hand for a high-five from Amy, 33.

Ooh la la. There’s no video of the smooch yet. Some folks in the audience did grab photos, though:

You Can Now Get a Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Action Figure Set

Tina Fey Action FigureYes, Virginia, there is a Tina Fey (and Amy Poehler!) action figure, and chances are, the limited-edition set might sell out before you can say, “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Entertainment Earth is producing these action figures based on Fey and Poehler’s stints as anchors on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” They’re being sold as a set for the San Diego Comic-Con in July. These 3.5-inch doppelgängers look quite like the real thing, and come together for $29.99, along with a fold-out diorama of the “Weekend Update” set.

However, here’s the kicker: They’re only making 2,400 pairs of the figures, and first dibs go to those who attend the San Diego convention. Whatever is left over will be sold to admiring fans, and you can pre-order the pair online now for late July shipping. In other words, fans better get clicking and pull out their credit cards!

WATCH: Tina Fey Strips Down to Her Spanx on Letterman

On what was her last appearance on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Tina Fey vowed that, after the host steps down, she will never wear a fancy dress on a late-night talk show again. “[It’s] very hard work—I don’t know if you’re aware of the contraptions under here.”

So to mark the occasion, she decided to strip down to her Spanx and give Letterman the dress: “Because this is my last time wearing a fancy dress on a talk show, and conforming to gender norms out of respect for you … I want to give you the dress.”

The front of her Spanx was emblazoned with the words, “BYE DAVID;” the back, #LastDressEver. Check out the clip above.

(h/t Deadline)

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