Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the upcoming comedy from 30 Rock showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, has moved from NBC to Netflix, Deadline reports.
The series stars Office and Bridesmaids alum Ellie Kemper as a woman seeking a fresh start in New York City after spending 15 years in a cult. Thanks to the new deal with Netflix, Kimmy will now get two seasons to adjust to life in the non-apocalyptic big city.
The transition comes before the series was set to debut as a midseason replacement. The comedy originally received a 13-episode order from the network — based on the Fey and Carlock’s involvement — and the streaming service has now doubled that number.
“The very construct of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling — make it a perfect Netflix comedy series,” said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said that this transition marked the “best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” specifically citing Netflix’s offer to make a two-season commitment.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will begin the first of its two seasons in March, which is around when it was expected to debut on NBC.
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