August 16, 2013 4:59pm PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
Tina Fey-Matt Hubbard Comedy Lands at Fox With Series Commitment
Fox is going big for Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock.
Following a highly competitive multiple-network bidding war among the broadcast networks, Fox has landed the hot comedy from the 30 Rock trio with a straight-to-series order, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled multicamera comedy, which takes place at a women's college that has just opened its doors to men for the first time, had NBC, Fox and other networks interested in making the project their own.
Hubbard is set to pen the half-hour effort, with Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts' David Miner joining him as executive producers on the project from Universal Television, where Fey is under a four-year overall deal. Coming off of a lengthy run on 30 Rock, Fey has no plans to star.
The project marks the second for the former 30 Rock creator this development season. Fey reteamed with co-showrunner Carlock for an untitled comedy from 30 Rock writer-producer Colleen McGuinness, which sold this week to NBC. That project, also from Universal TV, is a workplace comedy in which a woman reconnects with her estranged father and finds a new home and family on Fire Island.
Both comedies hail from Fey's Little Stranger banner, where Eric Gurian heads development. Fey is repped by WME, 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham; Hubbard is with UTA and Hansen Jacobson; Carlock is repped by WME.
The project is the first of the season to be granted a rare straight-to-series order, a commentary on the project’s demand. Last year, NBC landed the Michael J. Fox comedy from Sony Pictures Television by offering a 22-episode order out of the gate.
The Fey comedy also becomes the latest off-network sale for Universal Television at Fox, where it produces The Mindy Project and Andy Samberg's freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.