Tina Fey gets her own NBC sitcom. The ''SNL'' newscaster and chief writer will star in an semi-autobiographical show

By Gary Susman
Updated February 02, 2005 at 12:00 PM EST
Tina Fey: /Jennifer Graylock/AP

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Tina Fey may be one of Saturday Night Live‘s “Not Ready for Primetime Players,” but she actually is ready for primetime. The show’s fake-news anchor and chief writer, along with another SNL scribe, will be cleaning up their acts for sitcom pilots for NBC, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Fey will write and star in a semi-autobiographical show about a woman who’s the head writer for a variety show, a job where she has to cope with a loose-cannon star and a controlling executive producer. (Hmm, who could be the real-life inspirations for those characters?) Fellow SNL writer Paula Pell is writing a sitcom about a formerly obese woman who must deal with her still-fat family and friends.

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Fey plans to shoot her pilot this summer, after the current SNL season ends, so it looks like she’ll still be on the show a while longer. Meanwhile, her former SNL colleague Chris Kattan also has a sitcom pilot deal, at ABC. He’ll produce and star as a self-centered consumer reporter. No doubt there’ll be a segment where he investigates the supermarket produce section and declares, ”You can’t toucha da mango!”

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