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November was another bad month in what’s been a pretty awful couple of years for the once-mighty network sitcom. NBC, which dominated the TV business for nearly two decades based on the strength of its comedy bench, announced it was ceding custody of an already-filmed Ellie Kemper half-hour from producer Tina Fey and selling the project to Netflix. The decision had nothing to do with the show’s quality — Netflix liked it so much, it has already ordered a second season — but instead was a depressing admission by the Peacock that it felt there was virtually no chance it could make the show a success given the network’s lack of even a single sitcom hit. This week’s announcement that NBC would also burn through the final season of the Amy Poehler–led Parks and Recreation in under two months added an exclamation point to the declaration of »
- Josef Adalian
At last night's Gotham Independent Film Awards, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos received a career tribute award, and we caught up with him to ask about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Ellie Kemper–starring show produced by 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that Netflix recently picked up for two seasons after NBC chose not to go forward with it.How did Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt come to you guys?It was probably one of the most remarkable developments of the last couple of years in television. We’ve had this history of rescuing a show. Either a really loved show that’s long-gone, like Arrested Development, or more recently, The Killing and Longmire. And this was a strange opportunity where, usually when shows don’t make it, sometimes it has very little to do with the quality and it has everything to do with the time slot, the lead-in show, »
- Jenna Marotta
At this time of year, it's good to be reminded that contemporary TV offers such a cornucopia of riches. This past year, in particular, has offered plenty to give thanks for -- in terms of both what's on the air and what is not. Among the things I'm thankful for:
That "The Flash" is actually good.
That I don't work at the "Today" show.
That this is the last season for "Two and a Half Men."
That "Seinfeld" reruns still hold up pretty well.
That Casper Kelly made '80s sitcom parody "Too Many Cooks." Whether or not you like the finished product -- and it's often pretty disgusting -- I'm glad someone had the impulse to make it. »
- Gary Susman
NBC originally snagged the comedy, about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York, following a bidding war involving multiple major networks. However, the show, which Fey co-exec produces with her former 30 Rock partner Robert Carlock, was left off the network’s fall slate and never received a time slot, despite having been ordered straight to series.
“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. While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a »
- Isaac Feldberg
"Kimmy," starring "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes a cult and strikes out on her own for the first time, had been in development for some time at NBC, but was held -- and eventually scrapped -- due to its offbeat, difficult-to-categorize tone. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt acknowledged the mismatch between "Kimmy" and NBC's current slate of programming in a statement.
"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," Greenblatt said. "While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule »
- Katie Roberts
While it initially drew a large audience as a DVD rental and streaming service for programming created by others, over the past few years, Netflix has made numerous forays into original content. This has taken the form of both brand new shows, such as Orange is the New Black and Bojack Horseman, as well as revivals of shows cancelled by other channels, such as Arrested Development and The Killing. Now the streaming service has added two more shows to its ever-growing roster.
The first one is Longmire, previously seen on A&E. The show about a Wyoming sheriff ran for three seasons on the channel before being cancelled earlier this year. However, Netflix has now picked up the show for a fourth season. The series, based on Craig Johnson’s books, stars Robert Taylor as the titular Longmire, with Katee Sakhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Cassidy Freeman amongst the supporting cast. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Netflix has added another sitcom to its upcoming slate, and this time, it poached its new series from a major TV network. Last week, Netflix announced that it will be the exclusive home for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy co-created by Tina Fey that was initially planned as to debut on NBC. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is co-created by Fey and Robert Carlock, stars Ellie Kemper (best known for her role in The Office) as an ex-cultist who decides to start anew in New York City. "Wide-eyed but resilient," reads a press release, "nothing is going to stand in her way." NBC, where Fey became a star thanks to her roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, initially snapped up the series and planned to use it as a mid-season replacement. NBC would've had plenty of room for it; the network has already canceled two of its new comedies. Instead, »
- Sam Gutelle
Holy "Schmidt"! That last name has become a go-to for TV and film writers looking to give their characters a memorable moniker.
Netflix made headlines last week when it picked up two seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the sitcom starring Ellie Kemper as a former cult member navigating the big city. NBC was originally set to launch the new comedy, from 30 Rock exec producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, but the Netflix deal was too good to pass up (and saved NBC the expense of trying to launch the new show in this sitcom-challenged era).
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- Michael Schneider
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt issued a statement regarding the comedy's move, saying, "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.
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In addition to developing its own incredibly successful original series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has also made a habit of either reviving long-dead shows (Arrested Development) or acquiring final seasons of soon-to-be-canceled/recently canceled series (Longmire, The Killing). Now the network is adding a different kind of resurrection to its repertoire, as it has rescued a pilot from a major network. NBC has been developing the comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for some time, and it’s been of interest because it was the first show that 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock developed after the end of that excellent series. A pilot was shot and it was ordered straight-to-series, but NBC had yet to put it on either its fall or midseason schedule for this year, leading many (including myself) to wonder what had happened. Well now it turns out »
- Adam Chitwood
In a surprising bit of news, the Tina Fey-produced comedy series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is being moved from NBC to Netflix with the streaming service also renewing the show for a second season. Why is this a surprise? Well the Ellie Kemper-led show hasn't actually gone to air yet.
Fey and fellow "30 Rock" executive producer Robert Carlock are behind the project about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. NBC picked up a thirteen-episode straight to series after multiple networks engaged in an intense bidding war for the project.
They had an inside advantage - the series is also produced by NBC-owned Universal Television. However, several months into the new season and the network still had not scheduled the series which has raised a few eyebrows.
The sale to Netflix and especially the renewal should help quell some of those concerns. »
- Garth Franklin
Now, the show won't air on NBC at all but Netflix has picked up the series and renewed it for a second season of 13 episodes as well. It will debut in March.
The series revolves around a Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), a woman who's escaped from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. The rest of the cast includes Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Carol Kane.
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt (who also oversees Universal Television), said, "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 »
NBC is longer set to run Tina Fey’s new comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It will be on the streaming service for 2 seasons, according to Netflix. It will star some of Tina’s old co-stars; Ellie Kemper, Titus Burgess and Jan Krakowski. The series will premier will take place in March. As for why Tina is not sticking the network that put her on the map, that remains to be unknown. Hopefully within time Tina can shed light on that, but in meantime it looks like we can expect it to be on Netflix.
I am sad that it won’t be on network TV. However, this may work out better for her. Networks seem to be a dying breed and many shows are either moving or being saved by streaming services. So she may end up saving everyone pai. It just sucks for NBC who likely will hurt because of this move. »
- Sarah Peel
Tina Fey's first TV comedy since 30 Rock is heading to Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and starts a new life in New York, will debut on Netflix in March. The comedy was originally developed and ordered by NBC for its midseason lineup before Fey and fellow 30 Rock scribe Robert Carlock realized it was a better fit for the home of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. "When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is on the move. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's comedy is moving from NBC to Netflix before it even premieres. The streaming giant has handed out a second season order in addition to the 13-episode first season debuting in March 2015. The comedy stars The Office and Bridesmaids veteran Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, a member of a cult who escapes and decides to start her new life in New York City. "The very construct of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling—make it a perfect Netflix comedy series," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said in a statement. "Tina and »
It turns out The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt really can’t be broken: After NBC opted not to go forward with the Ellie Kemper–led fish-out-of-water comedy from 30 Rock producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Netflix has swooped in to buy the first season of the series — and order a second season for good measure. In a late Friday press release, NBC basically admitted there was no room at the Peacock for Kimmy: “We have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule,” said Robert Greenblatt, who oversees both the NBC network and sister studio/Kimmy producer Universal Television. Of course, NBC could have found some physical room on its lineup for the show — it’s not like its Tuesday or Thursday comedies are setting the world on fire. But network execs likely figured there was little chance a quirky comedy from the 30 Rock brain trust would stand much of a chance on NBC »
- Josef Adalian
When NBC aired trailers for all its new shows at last spring's upfront, no new series had me more intrigued than "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a comedy from the "30 Rock" team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Ellie Kemper from "The Office" as a sheltered woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start life over in New York City. It wasn't on the fall schedule, nor was it talked about in any early midseason plans, and I had heard from several comedy veterans that NBC had no idea what to do with a show that was so weird and incompatible with whatever it is their comedy brand is now. Well, NBC finally figured out what to do: they sold "Kimmy Schmidt" off to Netflix, which has made a two-year commitment to the series, with the first season debuting in March of 2015. Yup, now Netflix is saving »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is breaking free of NBC.
The series — which Netflix picked up for two seasons — centers on a woman (played by The Office‘s Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski) and a new roommate (30 Rock‘s Tituss Burgess).
Netflix will debut the show exclusively in March »
Just days after ordering a fourth season of “Longmire” from A&E, Netflix is plucking yet another series from the hands of network TV.
This time it’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” an NBC comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that will now move over to the streaming service as part of a two-season order set to premiere in all Netflix territories next March.
“Kimmy,” which stars “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who starts her life over after escaping a doomsday cult, is produced by Universal TV. NBC was intending to put “Kimmie” on its schedule sometime in the midseason.
“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,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
“The very construct of — its offbeat premise, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
NBC's Tina Fey-produced comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is making a major move. The comedy will now move from NBC to Netflix, where the Ellie Kemper series has preemptively been renewed for a second season, the streaming service announced Friday. The comedy will debut in March 2015. From Universal Television and 30 Rock exec producers Fey and Robert Carlock, NBC picked up the comedy about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York straight to series following a multiple-network bidding war. NBC picked up 13 episodes and announced the comedy would premiere
- Lesley Goldberg
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