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Television Finds its Next Liz Lemon

This fall, Ellie Kemper, best known for her role as Erin on The Office, will star in her own NBC sitcom, Brenda Forever. The show tells how an awkward 13-year-old became a successful thirtysomething. Brenda follows the model of several other hit sitcoms (most notably, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation)that showcase rising female comedians in the title roles. Many such shows have become some of TV’s most commercially and critically influential shows.