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Netflix Rescues Tina Fey's New Show from NBC

By Genevieve Burgess | Trade News | November 22, 2014 | Comments ()

By Genevieve Burgess | Trade News | November 22, 2014 |


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Sit down, readers, and let me tell you a little story: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock had produced a new comedy called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt about a woman who escapes from a Doomsday cult, played by Ellie Kemper. Fox initially passed on the comedy, but NBC intended to pick it up as a mid-season replacement. Probably for one of the other half-hour comedies that has already failed this season, A to Z or Bad Judge. Given NBC’s recent track record with comedies, this was probably a path to certain doom for the show.

However! Netflix decided to step in and offer the series a two season commitment right out of the gate. NBC agreed, and now anyone who might want to watch this show doesn’t have to do it with the thought that it could all be yanked away at any moment, or canceled mid-season but playing out to a season finale that would probably be mostly unsatisfying.

There’s a lot of good things here; not only will the two-season order give a better structure to the show in terms of short and long arcs, but they’ll also have more freedom with the content. A Doomsday cult is a pretty dark set-up, and I doubt the concept could be fully explored on an NBC sitcom. All in all, I very much look forward to the weekend where I promise myself I won’t watch the whole season in two days and end up doing exactly that anyway.


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