Former ladies of “Saturday Night Live” will rule the tube (again)


There was so much exciting information spinning out of the TCA press tour last week that it was kind of like being on a 12-day sugar buzz — especially because so much of the news revolved around some of my favorite former Saturday Night Live ladies. Let me condense a week’s worth of information for you: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Molly Shannon will be lining up side-by-side with their own NBC comedies this year.

Tina Fey will, of course, be back as Liz Lemon for the third season of 30 Rock. She’ll return to the set with her TCA award for for individual achievement in comedy, and probably at least one more Emmy. In April Entertainment Weekly asked, “Is it hot in here or is just Tina Fey’s career?”

It is hot in here, Entertainment Weekly, but it’s not just her career.

Molly Shannon will be staring alongside Selma Blair in NBC’s remake of the popular Australian comedy Kath and Kim about a dysfunctional mother-daughter team. NBC’s hopes, it seems, are even higher than mine. They’ve slated Kath and Kim to anchor their legendary Thursday night of Must See TV.

If you’re wondering whether or not Selma Blair can bring the funny alongside Shannon, take a listen to Blair’s response when a reporter asked if she would need to wear wigs for her role:

If I get a wig, it will be a three-quarter wig because apparently I have a very low forehead line, which a lot of people comment on all the time. I am apparently from the monkey family. I hear that all the time. People are either rats or monkeys. I’m a monkey. I know. Look at your friends. You’re all either a rat or a monkey. It’s true.

Then, turning to her co-stars, she declared Mikey Day a monkey, Molly Shannon a rat, and executive producer Michelle Nader a “kind of monkey-rat.”

Finally, the most tangled piece of news coming out of the TCA press tour is that Amy Poehler has signed on to headline a sitcom from Office-creator Greg Daniels. It was originally reported that Poehler would star in the rumored Office spin-off, however Daniels ultimately told reporters that while the new show would be a mockumentary in the style of The Office, Poehler would never appear in the Michael Scott’s universe.

While an Office spin-off is still on the drawing board, it looks like post-Superbowl (after Poehler gives birth), it will be her sitcom that is lining up on Thursday nights with her former pals from Saturday Night Live.

As it stands now, NBC is planning to air Kath and Kim at 8:00 on Thursday nights, followed by The Office at 8:30. 30 Rock will start at 9:00, and at the beginning of the year, Poehler’s new comedy will slide into the 9:30 time slot.

If you’re keeping count, that’s three women-centric comedies on NBC’s most famous night of television. I don’t know about you, but I’m in! (That’s what she said.)

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