Unlike some of my fellow PopWatch colleagues, I have an unlimited appetite for news about TV pilots. In fact, I love ‘em so much, I wish there was a channel totally devoted to shows that never made the network cut. (Where do unaired pilots go, anyhow? Pilot limbo?)
Needless to say then, I was jazzed to see this New York Times article taking a behind-the-scenes look at Tina Fey’s prospective NBC sitcom, which is a behind-the-scenes look at a Carol Burnett-style variety show. The article points out the perils of Fey’s pilot (also starring Rachel Dratch, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan) competing for a spot on the NBC schedule with Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 (starring Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet, among others), a drama set backstage at an SNL-type comedy show, but what’s the big deal? As NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly points out: “In some ways, why is it any different than when there have been three or four cop shows on any schedule, or Scrubs and ER, which are tonally very different?”
I concur! And anyhow, I don’t know about you, but the more new series set outside of hospitals, crime labs, and district attorneys offices, the better.