Though NBC ordered 13 episodes of the new comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” they didn’t premiere the series this fall, and it hasn’t been given a mid-season premiere date. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get to see it.
Rather than let the show get pre-canceled by NBC, the streaming service Netflix has stepped in to not only save the series from pre-emptive death, but also give it even more life with an order for two seasons to start with. That’s a deal that is somewhat unprecedented for a new comedy series like this.
For those who don’t know, the series reteams Tina Fey with “30 Rock” executive producer Robert Carlock and follows “The Office” and Bridesmaids star Ellie Kemper (below) as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and decides to start her life over from scratch in New York City.
Netflix is planning to premiere the series in March of 2015, and here’s what NBC had to say about letting the series go to Netflix:
“When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series. While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy midseason schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert and Universal Television. We’re already talking to these extraordinary creators about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.”
The series joins an interesting comedy slate for Netflix that already includes hits like the revival of “Arrested Development” and original projects like “Orange is the New Black” and “BoJack Horseman.” They also have a new series from Judd Apatow coming called “Love,” which also got a two season order from the streaming service.
As for Fey, this marks the second success for her Little Stranger production banner this year because ABC also picked up a series she’s producing starring lesbian comedienne Fortune Feimster, inspired by the charismatic comic’s life. There’s certainly some great comedy on the horizon, so stay tuned for updates on more series coming down the road.
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