EXCLUSIVE: A multi-camera comedy from 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock already had a series commitment from Fox where it landed in August in a bidding war. Now the project has received a formal pilot green light, with Pam Fryman set to direct and executive produce. It is one of two high-profile comedy pilots for next fall Fryman is already slated to direct and exec produce, along with the How I Met Your Mother proposed spinoff, How I Met Your Dad. Fryman directed the pilot for the mothership CBS series and has served as director and executive producer for its entire nine-season run.
The Hubbard/Fey project is set at a women’s college that, for the first time in its history, begins accepting men. It hails from Universal Television where Hubbard, Fey and Carlock are under overall deals, and Fey’s Little Stranger. Hubbard wrote the script and is executive producing with Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts’ David Miner. This marks the second greenlight for Little Stranger in its first development season under a four-year deal Fey inked with Uni TV last fall. The company has a straight-to-series 13-episode order at NBC for a comedy penned by Fey and Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper. It also has a script by Colleen McGuinness in contention at NBC. Uni TV has two comedy series on Fox, sophomore The Mindy Project and freshman Brooklyn Nine-Nine.