For its midseason line-up, NBC announced during the upfronts back in May that the comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will be launching in March. As we reported early this month, the show is still in the midst of filming. However, in the months following NBC’s announcement, the show’s status on the network has become uncertain. On the brink of cancellation before it even premieres, Netflix has decided to take the series from the peacock network and further pushed its episode orders to include a second season. Read on for the details to this news story.
The midseason laffer, which is created, written and produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, has taken a new and longer lease in life by moving to Netflix. The show will be launched on the streaming site in March 2015 with 13 episodes to the first season, while an additional 13 episodes was ordered for its second season.
NBC is still involved in the series in a way, as the show is owned by Universal TV, who has arranged for the transfer from the broadcast network to the streaming site.
“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,” said Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, who is also in command of Universal TV, in a report published on Deadline.
This will be the first venture between Universal TV and Netflix.
Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP for Original Content, meanwhile, welcomed the arrival of the show in its line-up, calling “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” the perfect comedy series for the streaming site because of its “offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling.”
Originally receiving a straight-to-series order on NBC, the show was deemed important by Netflix because of the people behind the series (Fey and Carlock). The Deadline report stated that the site has actually filled up its slots but made allowances for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” just to accommodate Fey and Carlock. Both are the award-winning writers behind “30 Rock.”
And that's the latest scoop on the comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which stars Ellie Kemper. It will no longer be running on NBC this March, but it will instead be launched on Netflix with a two-season order.
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