Tina Fey, left, and Ellie Kemper from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" attend the NBC Network 2014 Upfront presentation at the Javits Center on Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York.
Netflix has scooped up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Tina Fey and Robert Carlock collaboration that was supposed to run on NBC — until NBC's "drama-heavy mid-season schedule" got in the way.
The new comedy produced by Universal Television stars The Office andBridesmaids alum Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who is trying to start over in New York City after living in a doomsday cult for 15 years. The 13-episode first season, set to air in March, follows the wide-eyed, but resilient Kimmy as she finds a job, gets a roommate and navigates New York City in her light-up sneakers.
Kemper's all-American face inspired the series, Fey and Carlock said in a statement provided to Mash by Netflix.
“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," Fey and Carlock said. "Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix's two-season order. We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well."
The show's "offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling" make it and Netflix a perfect match, said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.
The show has a two-year commitment on Netflix and features several familiar faces from Fey's and Carlock's NBC show 30 Rock. Jane Krakowski plays Kimmy's boss and Tituss Burgess will be her roommate. The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Emmy winner Carol Kane of The Princess Bride.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt called the situation a "win-win" and added that "Universal Television will do everything possible to see that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt becomes a long-running hit on Netflix."
"While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we're thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television," Greenblatt said.
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