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NBC Orders New Comedies from Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation Creator

Plus: Which superstar is joining this season of The Voice

Adam Bryant

NBC is looking to rebuild its comedy brand with some familiar faces.

The network has ordered a new series from Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur and ordered a pilot from 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced at the Television Critics Association fall previews Thursday.

Greenblatt could reveal little about Schur's new series -- which NBC bought after Schur's initial pitch and has the working title A Good Place -- but he did said it would feature a female lead "wrestling with what it means to be good."
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"For seven seasons, Mike Schur brought us the wonderful citizens of Pawnee, and we can't wait to see the new group of indelible characters that he'll now introduce," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement.

After passing Fey and Carlock's Kimmy Schmidt off to Netflix earlier this year, NBC has given the green light to a new project from the duo and fellow Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield. The untitled pilot, which is being given series consideration, tells the story of 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," according to the logline.

"Tina and Robert are two of the pre-eminent voices in comedy, and we couldn't be more thrilled that they're bringing their next project to NBC," Salke said in a statement. "We also adore Tracey, who has written some brilliant episodes of both 30 Rock and The Mindy Project. With this super-talented trio at the helm, we're eagerly looking forward to their next great show."
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Other announcements from Greenblatt and Salke's executive session:
Rihanna joins The Voice: The R&B songstress will serve as Season 9's key adviser for this year's coaches, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. She takes on the role previously held in recent seasons by fun. frontman Nate Ruess, Taylor Swift and Coldplay's Chris Martin.
The Wiz Live! adds three more stars: The upcoming live musical event has added more faces to its A-list cast. R&B singer Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, Hairspray star Elijah Kelley will play the Scarecrow and Common will play the Bouncer, aka the gatekeeper of the Emerald City. The Wiz Live! Is slated to air on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8/7c.