Tina Fey’s Mean Girls Musical is “60 Percent Written”

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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.

(h/t Yahoo)

5 Women Who Would Kick Ass As Jon Stewart’s Replacement on The Daily Show

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.



WATCH: Trailer to Tina Fey Netflix Comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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.

How “Shocking” Was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Cosby Joke?

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As promised, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler addressed the Bill Cosby rape allegations during Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony.

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:

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Our Golden Globes Roundup: The Good, The Bad, and The Cosby

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From NBC.

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).

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Tina Fey: There Will Be Cosby Jokes at Golden Globes

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?

Oh, heck yes!

Fey made headlines last fall when a video resurfaced of her calling out Cosby and his sexual assault allegations way back when on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, and yesterday she spoke up about a comedian’s right to satirize following the attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Definitely an extra incentive to tune in on Sunday.

Tina Fey On the Importance of Free Speech Following Paris Terrorist Attack

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.

(h/t Buzzfeed)

 

New Tina Fey Netflix Comedy Gets Release Date

Netflix took to Twitter this morning to announce the release date for Upper Darby native Tina Fey’s comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:

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.

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