Earlier this year, NBC announced plans to air a new sitcom from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock — Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The 13 episodes were expected to air sometime later this season.
Now, the show won’t air on NBC at all but Netflix has picked up the series and renewed it for a second season of 13 episodes as well. It will debut in March.
The series revolves around a Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), a woman who’s escaped from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. The rest of the cast includes Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Carol Kane.
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt (who also oversees Universal Television), said, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
What do you think? Will you check out Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Does it matter to you that it’s now a netflix show and not on NBC?