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Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond on Casting Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’ and Ariana Grande’s Video

Tina and Jeff were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the process of casting the Mean GirlsBroadway Musical and Ariana’s new music video ‘Thank U, Next’, which was inspired by the Mean Girls movie. The full interview can be read below:

The duo, who will be honored Thursday at the Casting Society of America’s 34th annual Artios Awards, open up about finding the right players, the possibility of a movie musical and the one star they’d allow to be stunt-cast for the stage show.

When Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond assembled the cast for Broadway’s Mean Girls musical, they set out to make “fetch” happen all over again. But to recapture the magic of Fey’s 2004 film for the stage, the married couple and creative partners knew that diversity would be paramount to success.

In fact, during the audition process — aided by famed casting house Telsey + Company — Fey says that instead of searching for look-alikes, they focused on finding performers who carried the “essence” of the beloved characters she created nearly 15 years ago for her first screenplay.

“We strived for more inclusivity, not just in the ensemble, but with the principals,” says Fey, whose show opened on Broadway in April and has netted $65 million in ticket sales. “We were very excited to find Ashley Park to play Gretchen because she’s so skilled and emotionally three-dimensional in that part. I also felt a palpable relief that we all got the added benefit of her being an Asian actor and adding diversity to our show.”

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Tina Fey and Busy Philipps attend the Winter TCA Tour

Tina and Busy attended the Winter TCA Tour on January 29 to promote Busy’s talk show Busy Tonight. Tina is the executive producer of the show. Make sure to check out photos from the even in our gallery!

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‘Kimmy Schmidt’: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock on Thinking Behind Finale’s Happy Endings

Tina and Robert Carlock were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the final episodes of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’. You can read the entire interview below:

The co-creators of the NBC-turned-Netflix comedy series also talk about the advantages of streaming and whether they’d make another series for such a platform, and break down some of the other big moments in the last six episodes.

[The following story contains spoilers for the second half of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s fourth and final season.]

When Tina Fey and Robert Carlock created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it was for their 30 Rock home NBC. But before the series’ premiered it moved from NBC to Netflix, where Fey and Carlock made an additional three seasons, the last of which was split into two halves, with the final six episodes dropping last Friday.

The series has been a perennial awards contender and seemingly found a significant following online (Netflix, like other streamers, famously doesn’t release viewership information), but speaking with The Hollywood Reporter after wrapping production on her first streaming series, Fey remains a little perplexed by how people can watch an entire season in one weekend.

“It’s interesting, you hear from people, ‘Oh, yeah, I watched them all this weekend,'” she says. “And it’s a little bit like being a chef and hearing like, ‘No, I ate everything. I ate everything the restaurant had. I threw up everywhere, but it was good.'”

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Tina Fey attends The Paley Center: A Celebration Of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

Tina attended The Paley Center: A Celebration Of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ in New York City to promote the final episodes of the show. We have added photos from the event to our gallery. Check them out below!

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Tina Fey and Robert Carlock on the end of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tina and Robert Carlock were interviewed by the AV Club to talk about the end of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘. Read the full interview below!

In the spring of 2015, the fact that Tina Fey and Robert Carlock had created a sitcom about a survivor of a doomsday cult wasn’t half as strange as where that show had ended up: Produced for NBC, it was later acquired by Netflix and set to be the first original comedy series to debut on the streaming service. Today, the streaming service pumps out so many series and movies—and has pushed other outlets to do the same—that it’s inspired one of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s best running gags. House Flix subscribers will be missing out, but the final six episodes of Kimberly Cougar Schmidt’s namesake series arrive on Netflix this Friday, January 25. The A.V. Club spoke with Fey and Carlock about the end of the series, the potential for a feature-length follow-up, and explaining to Fey’s oldest child how Saturday Night Live can be watched, live, on a Saturday night.

The A.V. Club: So much has changed, so rapidly, in the television industry in the past few years—what’s it been like to work in TV as things have shifted more toward streaming, and what was it like to be working on one of the shows that was instrumental in that shift? 

Tina Fey: The funny little journey that this show had is that it started for broadcast—the first 13 episodes were made and written and edited with the intention that they would be on NBC. And then [then-network chair of NBC] Bob Greenblatt wisely saw that there wasn’t a slot for a show like this—this premise, it is harder to sell on broadcast TV. Rather than giving us a choice of a strange time slot in the summer or something, he allowed us to take the show to Netflix, who took it immediately, which was very exciting to us because it was before they had as much original programming and they were looking to launch original things.

So we made the first 13 broadcast-style, and then after they launched we learned anecdotally that a lot of the audience was young. I guess the main part of our audience is still that like 18-to-whatever. But there was a lot of 12-, 13-, 14-year-old kids watching the show. And I said, going into season two, “Now we’re on streaming, but I feel like a nude shower intercourse scene doesn’t fit our universe.” [Laughs.] So except for the delight of not having to make a really strict timing, we kept things clean and we kept writing toward act breaks in a way that you would do on broadcast, but just the beauty of not having to have every episode be 21 minutes and 15 seconds long I think was the greatest gift. Wouldn’t you say, Robert?

Robert Carlock: The amount of time it takes to get to that arbitrary timing—it’s soul-sucking. But we love broadcast television!

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Tina Fey at The Richmond Forum’s Funny You Should Ask Conversation

Tina attended the Funny You Should Ask program at The Richmond Forum in Richmond, VA. She had a conversation with Linda Holmes. Our gallery has been updated with photos from the event & you can read more about it below!

You could feel the buzz in the air Saturday night as a full auditorium at Richmond’s Altria Theater took their seats for a night with comedian Tina Fey. The Richmond Forum program, “Funny You Should Ask,” featured Fey in conversation with NPR’s Linda Holmes.

It was the type of evening that could only be held in Virginia. More specifically, it could only happen in Richmond—at The Richmond Forum.

For 33 seasons, The Forum has brought in both big names and big thinkers for inspiring and entertaining evenings at the subscription speaker series. On Saturday, it also had the added benefit of being a sort of homecoming.

Tina Fey is an alumna of the University of Virginia, as were many in the audience that offered roaring applause as she took the stage with Ms. Holmes. It probably didn’t hurt that Fey was also one of the most-requested speakers of the last ten years by Forum subscribers, according to Jennifer Hunter, who had the enviable task of introducing Ms. Fey. (She did so with a tribute to one of Fey’s idols, David Letterman, with a “Top 5 List of Things People Say to You When They Hear You’re Going to Introduce Tina Fey.”)

Fey wasn’t the only star of the evening to come out of Charlottesville, as Executive Director Bill Chapman pointed out. The evening’s musical act, Love Canon, is a popular bluegrass cover group that plays the pop hits of the ’80s and ’90s. They even performed a rendition of the theme from Fey’s 30 Rock.

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