Netflix Nabs Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ from NBC

/ Nov 21, 2014

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Netflix has picked up “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” an original comedy series from Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and Robert Carlock (also “30 Rock”).

Produced by Universal Television, “Kimmy Schmidt” stars Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult to start a new life in New York. The 13-episode series was initially set up to air on NBC. Netflix has picked up two seasons of “Kimmy Schmidt,” with the 13-episode first season slated to premiere on the streaming service — across all of its territories — in March 2015.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place for distinctive, original programming,” said Fey and Carlock in a prepared statement. “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order. We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well.”

It’s not clear yet why the show has moved from NBC to Netflix. But here’s a statement from NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt that supports the move:

“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 mid-season 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.”

Alongside Kemper, the series will star Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Tituss Burgess (“30 Rock”), and Carol Kane (“Taxi”).

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will be produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment, and Bevel Gears. Executive producers include Fey and Carlock, alongside Jeff Richmond (“30 Rock”), Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”), and David Miner (“30 Rock”). Yes, it’s a “30 Rock” reunion, which, incidentally, is also available on Netflix.

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