Tina Fey has had terrific success with live-action comedies such as 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Having conquered that mountain, she’s now after animation supremacy.
Per Variety, Fey and her 30 Rock team – writer/producers Robert Carlock and Sam Means – are developing an animated series for Netflix titled Mulligan.
In the show, aliens attack and demolish the earth. What’s left of humanity has to band together and start society over, and who knows, maybe improve some things while they’re at it? The title is derived from the golfing term in which you get to redo an unsatisfactory shot. So Earth is getting a mulligan, which sounds like a great, zany premse for Fey’s unique brand of humour.
The show is created and executive produced by Carlock and Means, with other executive producers including Fey, Eric Gurian (Busy Tonight), David Miner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Scott Greenberg, and Joel Kuwahara (Duncanville).
Netflix must love the premise, as the streaming giant has already ordered 20 episodes of the series. It sounds like perfect binge material, which is probably part of the decision.
Despite this announcement, Fey and Carlock are not done with their other Netflix collaboration, the aformentioned Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. They are currently working on an interactive special of the show for Netflix. Something similar to Netflix’s interactive Black Mirror film, Bandersnatch, one assumes. Without the existential dread (probably).
The duo is also working on Girls5Eva, a Peacock comedy about a 90s one-hit wonder girl group reuniting to try and find that magic again, and also an untitled NBC series about Ted Danson as a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles and actually wins. At this rate, every major network and streaming platform will have their own Fey and Carlock content. Not the worst idea in the world.