TV Showrunners Impact Report
Brian Bowen Smith

CBS is getting into business with the “30 Rock” duo of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, ordering a pilot for the multicamera comedy “The Kicker” penned by sitcom vet Jack Burditt.

The Universal TV comedy revolves around an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers crazy after he’s unexpectedly cut from his pro football team.

Burditt wrote the pilot and exec produces with Fey and Carlock, who are based at Universal. David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment is also an exec producer.

Burditt is a seasoned writer and showrunner whose credits include “30 Rock,” “Frasier” and “Just Shoot Me.” He also created ABC’s Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing.”

Since wrapping her run on seven-season run on “30 Rock” in 2013, Fey has focused on the big screen as an actress but she’s revved up TV production activity through her Little Stranger banner.

Fey and Carlock co-created the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which was renewed this month for a third season. The pair have fielded three comedy pilots per development cycle during the past two years. They are also at work for a pilot for a mother-daughter comedy at NBC with another “30 Rock” alum, Tracey Wigfield.

Fey’s most recent feature release was the comedy “Sisters” co-starring Amy Poehler.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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