Tina Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond, who wrote the theme songs to 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, spilled some proverbial beans in a recent interview when he revealed that Fey’s Mean Girls musical is more than half written.
We’ve been writing this [with] Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde fame—she’s working with us as a lyricist,” he told Yahoo. “We’ve been working for a long time now. I’m going to say it’s like 60 percent written, and it’s being staffed creatively… We are looking to do some actual solid readings coming around this summer. The Kimmy Schmidt thing took a lot more time than we all thought, so it slowed some Mean Girls stuff down.”
When asked to tease a song he dished that there is a number called “Old Blonde Song” that’s sung by Regina’s mother.
It’s time for a woman in late night, and the slot Jon Stewart just announced he was leaving vacant on The Daily Show would be a perfect start. There are a lot of ladies who would be great for the job, but we’ve narrowed down the list to five females who could totally kick ass in the host’s seat on the Comedy Central program.
Local favorite Tina Fey would make an incredible host. She’s essentially done the gig before, on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," plus she has the uncanny ability to be sarcastic as hell. Her previous experience as a writer on both 30 Rock and SNL would be a huge asset to the program. Plus, we kind of like the ring of The Daily Show With Liz Lemon.
If they don't take Tina, Amy Poehler would be the next best thing. Just like Fey, she's pretty much done the gig before on SNL's "Weekend Update," plus her current show, Parks and Recreation, is finishing up its last season. Even better: What if Poehler and Fey co-chosted the program? Winning!
The former View co-host has held down two of her own talk shows in the past, and ironically was let go from HLN because they wanted her to be "more gossipy" with popular trials. She'd bring a perfect mix of humor, smarts, and star power to Jon Stewart's table. And, heck, anyone who survived Rosie, Elizabeth, and Whoopi can do anything.
Yes, this is a total wild-card, but we love the idea of Margaret Cho anchoring the program. She's showed us time and time again that she can handle satire (just look at her performance at this year's Golden Globe Awards), and she'd bring a totally new dynamic to the show.
The fiercely popular MSNBC host would bring a totally new level of smarts to The Daily Show, and her relentless humor and sarcasm would fit right in. Maddow's already got the newscasting thing down, and this would give her the chance to really shine in a new light. This would leave her MSNBC show slot open—perfect for when Brian Williams returns.
Tina Fey’s impressions of then vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election was no doubt a high point in the history of Saturday Night Live, so it’s no wonder producer Lorne Michael has invited her to take part in the show’s upcoming 40th anniversary special.
Netflix has released the first trailer for Tina Fey’s upcoming Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The series, created by Fey and Robert Carlock, concerns a woman (Ellie Kemper) who is looking to get back on her feet after escaping a cult. It also stars Tituss Burgess as her roommate and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, who will play a recurring role as a wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.
Thirteen episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix on March 6th, and it’s already guaranteed to have a second season.
During their opening monologue — which is traditionally when the award ceremony’s hosts poke exceedingly gentle fun at their rich and famous audience – they went after Cosby with what was a very good joke. A solid, well-played, network TV-friendly topical joke.
But judging from the audience’s reaction and Monday’s headlines, you would have thought it was a truly outrageous joke. Here it is, word for word:
This is the first awards season that we are lacking Joan Rivers and her always snarky (but true) commentary on the Hollywood red carpet. However, Joan would be proud: One of the subtle themes running through the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, held on Sunday evening, was the empowerment of women and other sexual minorities. Of course, things weren’t too serious: There were plenty of jokes (some in poor taste) and lots of poking fun at North Korea. We figured we’d try to fill in the void of Ms. Rivers by presenting our highlights of the best and worst moments of last evening’s festivities, co-hosted by hometown hero, Tina Fey (and, of course, Amy Poehler).
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stick on one rule when hosting the Golden Globes: Don’t make people in the audience uncomfortable with their jokes. She explains to Access Hollywood:
Amy and I have always said that the idea [is] that we don’t want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us. It’s a party and it’s—in the grand scheme of the world, it couldn’t be less important and I think that’s what makes it fun.
But what about people who aren’t in the audience? People like, say, Bill Cosby?
Tina Fey is probably one of the last people you’d think would weigh in on the deadly terrorist attack in Paris this morning on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. But she was asked to weigh in during an interview at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, today. She took the opportunity to stress the importance of free speech and a comedian’s right to satirize.
Obviously, that news is terrible and tragic and upsetting. … You look at that and you look at the controversy surrounding The Interview, it makes you think about how important free speech is and how it absolutely must be defended. [We] cannot back down on free speech in any way. We all have to stand firm on the issue of free speech.
I think the closest we ever got to that was doing Weekend Update [on Saturday Night Live], which was a long time ago. … But even that was a different era, because in a social media era where you make a joke on American TV and it can go worldwide, it’s a different environment.
But we’re Americans. … and even if it’s dumb jokes in The Interview, we have the right to make them.
The series, which Netflix purchased from NBC, was created by Fey and Robert Carlock. It follows a woman (Ellie Kemper) who is looking to get back on her feet after escaping a cult. It stars Tituss Burgess, Sara Chase and Lauren Adams and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski will play a recurring role as wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, centers on a woman (Kemper) who is looking for a fresh start in New York after escaping a doomsday cult.