'New Girl' Scribe Kay Cannon Sells Comedy to Fox

Kay Cannon Headshot - P 2012
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Kay Cannon Headshot - P 2012

The long-time "30 Rock" writer has sold a workplace comedy set in the offices of an "NFL Sunday"-type show with a strong female lead at the center.

Fox is doubling down on comedy breakout Kay Cannon.

The New Girl writer has nabbed a put-pilot commitment for her half-hour effort. The workplace comedy, in the vein of Mary Tyler Moore, is set in the offices of an NFL Sunday-type show with a strong female lead at the center.

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Cannon, a Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade alumna, will write and executive produce the project, which hails from Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox TV. She'll be joined by executive producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

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The news comes some four months after Cannon inked an overall deal with 20th TV. As part of the pact, the longtime -- and Emmy-nominated -- 30 Rock writer was staffed on New Girl as a co-executive producer. She wrote the second-season premiere.

Cannon, who also penned the upcoming flick Pitch Perfect, is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.

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