In July came news that “30 Rock” creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are coming back to NBC with a half-hour comedy series starring Ted Danson and set to run as an exclusive on the upcoming NBCUniversal streaming platform.
Now, THR reports that the still-untitled series began its life as a full-on “30 Rock” spinoff with Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Jack Donaghy who would run for mayor of New York City.
However, after nearly a year of talks and negotiations, Baldwin pulled out of the project. Fey and Carlock however still felt the premise was viable and so went to Ted Danson to fill the role.
He came onboard and the project which was retooled to remove all “30 Rock” references and shift the action to Los Angeles where Danson is based. Even with the changes however, Danson’s wealthy businessman character who runs for mayor for all the wrong reasons will likely bear a striking resemblance in style to Donaghy.
In the new series, Danson’s character wins and he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter – all while controlling the coyote population. No premiere date has yet been set.