In a very surprising turn of events, Netflix has snagged Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s cult comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The series, starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), was scheduled to air its 13-episode first season on NBC next year. Now Netflix has announced it bought exclusive rights to the show where it will premiere in March 2015. What’s more, Netflix has already ordered a second season of the comedy series, which is produced by NBC’s production company Universal Television. “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.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper as the title character who decides to start over her life in New York City after living in a cult for fifteen years. With just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of overdue library books, Kimmy enters the Big Apple with a sunny disposition ready to take on the world. The series follows her struggles in a new city with a new job, new roommate and a new life. Tina Fey and Carlock bring back plenty of 30 Rock favorites, including Jane Krakowski as Kimmy’s boss and Tituss Burgess as her new roommate.
The deal is an easy win for NBC Universal, whose Universal Television will be guaranteed money for two seasons while NBC won’t have to take a chance on a series with a quirky premise. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt claimed that the deal allows the network to focus on its mid-season dramas. “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.” Netflix continues to spend money on large acquisitions, big name development deals, high-profile comedy specials and its usual library of films and TV shows. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt also lets Netflix announce some positive news after it shelved Bill Cosby’s latest hourlong stand-up special Bill Cosby 77 amidst multiple allegations of sexual abuse.