‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Set for Midseason on NBC

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Set for Midseason on NBC
Photo of comedian and actress Ellie Kemper during her senior year at Princeton University in 2002.

While NBC has yet to announce when the new comedy series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” will debut this midseason, the network has already confidently placed a 13-episode order for the show back in October. The series is created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who have worked together on “30 Rock.” Read on to learn more.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was originally entitled as “Tooken,” which, according to People Magazine, was in reference to a viral video about “girls being taken.” The show stars comedian Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who was rescued from a cult, along with a few other women. Their story became national news, with Kimmy having been part of this cult for the last 15 years. She was even featured on the “Today” show because of this rescue.

Instead of returning to Indiana, where she lived before joining the cult, Kimmy decides to head to New York City to reclaim her life. While there, she meets Titus, an aspiring Broadway actor who sidelines as a robot on Time Square and the two become best buds. The character is played by Tituss Burgess, who is actually a true blue Broadway star.  

Kimmy settles to life in the big city working as a nanny on the Upper East Side. The job is not easy and living in New York has its challenges. But the show will chart how the character will take control of her life with a renewed and optimistic spirit.

"She was able to survive these 15 years because there is a resilience and fierceness that allows her to," said Kemper in the People Magazine feature.

"And while she is naive and wide-eyed, and sort of delighted to be back in the world again, she also won't be pushed around or told no,” Kemper added.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” also stars Sara Chase as Cyndee and Lauren Adams as Gretchen, who are also ex-members of the cult and Kimmy’s closest friends.

Writer, creator and executive producer Tina Fey, who previously starred in her own comedy series on NBC (“30 Rock”) is not expected to appear on camera for her new show. She will only be working behind the scenes, alongside Robert Carlock, David Miner and Jeff Richmond. Tristram Shapeero directed the pilot episode to the series.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has been filming since the summer and recently, The Queens Courier posted photos from the set in New York.

Catch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on NBC, which is tentatively scheduled in the spring of 2015. We will be providing updates, news, recaps and spoilers about the show here on Movie News Guide (MNG), so keep checking the site for more.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Josephine Sittenfeld 

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