Jane Krakowski reteams with Tina Fey; Shonda Rhimes signs new ABC deal
- Jane Krakowski is reuniting with her "30 Rock" co-star Tina Fey in the upcoming NBC comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." The sitcom is about the titular Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who decides to leave a cult after 15 years and heads for the Big Apple. Krakowski will recur as the Upper West Side woman who hires Kimmy as a nanny for her kids. [ Deadline]
- In addition to basically owning ABC's Thursday-night lineup next fall, Shonda Rhimes has signed a new deal with the network's sister studio, ABC Studios. The "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator's new contract will keep her at the studio through 2018.
- CBS' "Odd Couple" remake is undergoing some tweaks, recasting roles played by Georgia King ("The New Normal") and Sarah Baker -- just seen in Monday's (May 12) much-discussed "Louie." Baker was to have played Oscar Madison's (Matthew Perry) assistant in a role tailored for her by her former "Go On" co-star, who's also an exec producer. King played a model who lives in Oscar and Felix's (Thomas Lennon) apartment building. [ Deadline]
- More recasting: NBC's comedy "Mission Control," set against the backdrop of the 1960s space race and starring Krysten Ritter as a headstrong woman working in the male-dominated NASA field, has recast one of its main characters. Michael Rosenbaum is out as Bus, a jockish but likable astronaut. There is no word yet as to who is taking his place. [ Deadline]
- NBC has announced its next live musical for after "Peter Pan," coming off the massive success of "The Sound of Music Live" last December. The call for musical No. 3 is "The Music Man," a Tony-winning Broadway show that starred Robert Preston and Shirley Jones in its movie adaptation. Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth starred in a TV movie version in 2003. "Peter Pan" will air Dec. 4, and "The Music Man" is set for 2015.
- SundanceTV is developing a drama it's describing as a modern-day spin on the story of Rip Van Winkle. "Crack in the Sky" will focus on a "Don Draper type" who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up half a century later. E. Max Frye ("Band of Brothers," "Something Wild" is writing the script. [ Hollywood Reporter]