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One of Netflix's March offerings is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy created by Tina Fey and one of her 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live producers, Robert Carlock. We've been looking forward to this new series since the trailer made us laugh out loud, and now the whole, 13-episode series is available on Netflix. While the sitcom format is a departure from most Netflix originals, the comedy is still worthy of a binge-watch, and more importantly, if you were a big fan of Fey's other baby, 30 Rock, you will love this show. Though the new show is its own thing - 30 Rock's TV-production setting is far different from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's subject matter of a newly freed cult member with a new lease on life - the shared DNA is strong. Here's how. Jane Krakowski Is Brilliant Yet Again Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is quite different from Liz Lemon (though »
What do you get when you mix the brilliance of Tina Fey, a smile-inducing cast and the bingeable benefits of Netflix? Your new favorite quirky comedy!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which premieres today on the streaming media, centers on a girl -- played by The Office's Ellie Kemper -- who is so incredibly optimistic, she makes Mr. Rogers look like a grumpy old man.
"Ellie plays a woman who has been held in an apocalyptic cult by a guy who thinks the world is going to end," Executive Producer Fey told ETonline at the Winter TCA Press Tour. "He's held these women for their safety for 15 years, and in the beginning of the series she is rescued."
"She has a new chance at life," Fey continued. "But then because of her weird background there are a lot of things she doesn’t know, and then some »
Leave it to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to reinvent and reimagine “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” There was a strong “Mtm” vibe in “30 Rock”s” Liz Lemon and this time it’s even stronger with “Mole Woman” Kimmy Schmidt (“The Office’s” Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as Kimmy decides to make her new life in New York City after escaping from a cult. With the help of new friend and roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess), Kimmy gets a crash course in the realities of living in the big city. Her nest egg lost during one of her first forays. »
- Diane Gordon
When it comes to Ellie Kemper, Tina Fey is a big fan. "She's just delightful," Fey tells People of the actress who stars in her new Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. "She is so intelligent and energetic and adorable." In Kimmy Schmidt (on Netflix now), Kemper plays the eponymous twentysomething woman who starts a new life in New York after escaping a doomsday cult. "I think she is so likable and warm and skilled that I hope people really enjoy watching her," says Fey, 44, who created the show with fellow 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock.For Kemper, the opportunity to »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
All episodes of Kimmy — co-created by 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock — are now available on the streaming video service. In a moment, we’ll want to know what you thought of the premiere episode. But first, a brief recap:
Much like Fox’s Last Man on Earth, Kimmy Schmidt mines terrible conditions for great comedy: Kemper’s Kimmy is one of four “Mole Women,” ladies kept in an underground bunker in Indiana for 15 years »
Nostalgia for "The Office"? Isn't that a little premature? (That's what she said!) After all, it's only been two years since the beloved sitcom ended its nine-season run. Still, it's clear that the Dunder-Mifflin alumni have, for the most part, flourished since the mockumentary series ended.
Case in point: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a new Netflix sitcom from "30 Rock" writers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that debuts March 6, starring Ellie Kemper, still best known as wide-eyed Dunder-Mifflin receptionist Erin. Fey and Carlock created the comedy with Kemper in mind, casting her as a woman who's putting her life back together in New York City after having spent 15 years in a cult.
Of course, Kemper isn't the only one to have survived the cult phenomenon of "The Office" and gone on to exciting new projects. Here's what's become of your favorite TV white-collar workers since they closed up shop in Scranton.
- Gary Susman
More than two years after 30 Rock wrapped up, Tina Fey is back with a new comedy looking at the foibles of modern life and NYC. Except this time the series created by the SNL alum and 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock is on Netflix not NBC and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt goes to some rather dark places with a disarming sunny disposition. As my video review about says, the Ellie Kemper-starring series that debuts its entire 13-episode first season early tomorrow on the… »
If there's a better match of performer and role than Ellie Kemper and Kimmy Schmidt, I can't think of one. Kemper is the show, and the success of the series hangs on her ability to be childlike, but not idiotic, cheery but not irritating, naive but dignified. Kemper's just about perfect, and the show's pretty damn good, too.Let it be known, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which goes up on Netflix at midnight, is strange. Kimmy just spent the last 15 years in an underground bunker, being lied to by a cult preacher. Now she's one of the rescued Indiana "mole women," back in the real world (or as real as New York can feel) and trying to make a life for herself. She winds up with an eccentric roommate, Titus (Tituss Burgess, wonderful), a loopy landlady (Carol Kane), and a job working for an erratic uptown mom (Jane Krakowski). Kimmy has »
- Margaret Lyons
Ellie Kemper locates the funny side of being the survivor of abduction in a sitcom that Netflix rescued from NBC
What’s the name of the show? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
When does it premiere? All 13 episodes are available for streaming on Friday 6 March on Netflix.
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- Brian Moylan
What's another weekend eaten up by a Netflix binge? Your laundry can wait. The streaming service's newest offering, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is a comedy created by 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Robert Carlock - and it's about to become your new favorite thing. Kimmy Schmidt was first given a straight-to-series order by NBC, and we have to wonder why they would have sold the show to Netflix when it is actual solid gold. However, their loss is our binge-watching gain. Here are some reasons you need to tune in. It's Time for Ellie Kemper to Have a Starring RoleKemper (The Office »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
The project, the premise of which is being closely guarded, hails from Marling and her frequent collaborator Zal Batmanglij. The Oa builds on their relationship after 2011’s Sound of My Voice and 2013’s The East, both of which the pair co-wrote, Batmanglij directed and Marling starred in. They’ll keep to those same capacities for this series.
Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are executive-producing the Netflix production alongside Michael Sugar (True Detective), Marling and Batmanglij. Said Cindy Holland, vice-president of original content at Netflix:
“We are thrilled to be the home of the first television series Brit and Zal create together. Whether in front of or behind the camera, or both, their creative voice is always uniquely captivating. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Looking back on Ellie Kemper's most memorable characters, they all share a certain wide-eyed naïveté that belies a somewhat darker underbelly. As Erin on The Office or Becca in Bridesmaids, the bright smile and sunny disposition make any cracks in the façade that much funnier and unexpected. Now with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, premiering March 6 on Netflix, we'll see Kemper anchoring a show created by one of her heroes, Tina Fey, along with 30 Rock and SNL alum Robert Carlock. After a last-minute move from NBC to Netflix, this new comedy about the remarkably optimistic survivor of an underground cult seems poised to send Kemper into well-earned star status. Vulture spoke to Kemper over the phone on Wednesday from New York City.Are you stationed at some weird hotel right now? No, I'm actually at home. Yesterday I had all these international interviews, and it was so difficult, between the accents »
- Lucas Kavner
Early in the first episode of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the title character, played by Ellie Kemper, smiles as she explores New York City for the first time. It is among the biggest, widest, happiest smiles I have ever witnessed, on screen or in real life, Kemper opening her mouth so widely that you can practically count all her teeth. It is a smile that holds nothing back, and it's emblematic of the rest of "The Office" alum's performance. Whatever Kemper is asked to do by "Kimmy Schmidt" creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, she commits to fully, like a scene at a club where she hurls her body across the dance floor with abandon. It is a great, overjoyed lead performance, and I can't imagine this show working at all — even on Netflix which scooped up the 13-episode first season (all episodes will be released after midnight Pacific tonight) after »
- Alan Sepinwall
The world is a terrible place. That's the uncompromising truth with which Tina Fey and Robert Carlock begin Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), their follow-up to the under-seen but culturally monumental 30 Rock. The very first scenes of Unbreakable's first season, which will be released in its binge-able entirety on March 6, find 29-year-old Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) being rescued from the doomsday cult she's been trapped in for fifteen years. If you do the math, that's a harrowingly young age for a girl to be groomed into a sister-wife. "Yes, there was weird sex stuff," blurts the Ptsd-ridden middle-school dropout, who's spent more than half her life in a basement (with three other women). But the cheerfully determined Kimmy refuses to give in to the a »
This review is based on the first six episodes of season one, which were provided to us for review purposes prior to broadcast.
At one point during the endlessly giddy opening episode of Netflix’s new stab at binge-watching, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ellie Kemper names the leader of the underground cult who trapped her in a bunker for 15 years. His name? Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne Senior Profit and CFO of Savior Rick’s Spooky Church of the Scary-Pocalypse. Who besides Tina Fey and long-time 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock could come up with something so flippantly brilliant?
The magical thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – besides Kimmy herself – is that the show continually merits pausing and rewinding to catch every sight gag, every motor-mouthed punchline, and every exasperated expression. It’s not sheer luck and circumstance that merits its fantastic pilot, but a love and sweetness that permeates every joke on »
- Mitchel Broussard
Ellie Kemper has plenty of experience playing polite characters, and the former star of The Office follows the same philosophy when it comes to her personal life. "It drives me crazy when people don't have good manners," Kemper, 34, tells People. "I think it's inexcusable." But that's not all the actress - who stars in Tina Fey's latest comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt doesn't like."I cannot stand when people don't follow the rules," says Kemper. "Like in New York when people cut people off, I mean foot traffic-wise. There's a flow to traffic on the sidewalk, and when people aren't »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
In addition to, you know, the regular old Blu-ray, this release has a ridiculous amount of extras. We've got an exclusive clip below from the feature-length doc about the film -- check it out. (This is also available on Digital HD and iTunes, and it will be available on Amazon Prime on March 6.)
"Outlander: Season One, Volume One"
Starz's time-traveling romance is finallllllly available. The bonus features include a bunch of featurettes, but let's not pretend we're not just here for the romance between Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) and all those kilts.
- Jenni Miller
After lighting up the Us Office and Bridesmaids, Kemper is bringing her trademark cheeriness to a new Netflix series about a religious cult survivor
In 2015, it seems that few things are quite as beloved by TV execs as the apocalypse. From relentlessly grim fare such as zombie saga The Walking Dead and post-Rapture drama The Leftovers, to more knockabout stuff like ITV2’s Cockroaches (think The Road, but with the added misery of having to spend the end of days with Jack Whitehall) and Fox’s forthcoming Will Forte comedy The Last Man On Earth, you can scarcely move for charcoal-grey skies and burning piles of rubbish. And that’s without factoring in the real-world gloom over on the news channels.
It’s oddly refreshing, then, to come upon a show where the end of the world isn’t actually upon us. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a new Netflix sitcom, opens with its titular character, »
- Gwilym Mumford
Anyone still mourning the loss of "30 Rock" -- I imagine that’s a fair amount of people -- will find a lot to love in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." The new Netflix show from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, debuting Mar. 6, is in many ways Fey’s old show dressed up in a new outfit. That outfit -- brightly colored and styled from the mid 90s, normcore at its finest -- is sported by Ellie Kemper's wide-eyed Kimmy, a 29-year-old Indiana woman rescued after 15 years in an underground apocalypse cult. She comes to New York to start her life over, and her outsider-looking-in perspective, though radically different in backstory, frequently echoes that of perennial nerd Liz Lemon, while corresponding more straightforwardly to the "funny foreigner" trope. One of my favorite bits, which you can see at the end of this trailer, is Kimmy's reaction to being catcalled by a construction worker. »
- Sara Stewart
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Time for a game of Flip Cup with Margot Robbie on "The Tonight Show!" First to chug their beer and flip their cups wins, and obviously Margot killed it. Her prize? Some toilet paper. Only the best from Jimmy Fallon!
Richard Madden showed up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about being Prince Charming in "Cinderella," and apparently with great power comes great responsibility. And tight leggings. And zero genitalia because this is Disney, which means that Richard had to spend hours trying on jock straps. Ken dolls feel your pain, buddy.
- Mehera Bonner
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