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NBC has for the past several seasons offered hints that it’s getting out of the quirky-comedy business, something that has sustained the Peacock from the days of “Seinfeld.” Now it has figured out it can still keep adding to its long line of sitcoms about rich, single city-dwellers – so long as it makes them for someone else.
Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but tradition, especially in this era of technology disrupting decades of standard operating practice in the media industry, is not. Schmidt is the fictional protagonist of the Tina Fey-led comedy “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” that NBC was supposed to launch sometime in 2015. Now the show will debut with a two-season guarantee on video-streamer Netflix. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt described as a maneuver that will give a worthy comedy more of a chance, which it may not have received on “drama heavy” NBC.
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- Brian Steinberg
(Cbr) It’s all "Groundhog Day’s" fault. The 1993 comedy hit, which stars Bill Murray as a snarky weatherman forced to re-live the same day over and over again until he becomes a better person, made the idea of a time loop a very popular narrative device for movies and television — and for good reason. There isn’t one person who hasn’t had a day they wish they could take a mulligan on. It’s a very relatable idea, and it’s easy to see why Hollywood keeps going back to the time-loop well. With "Edge of Tomorrow" becoming the latest member of the “Groundhog Day-ing It Club,” Spinoff looks back at some of the most memorable TV and movie do-overs. “Cause and Effect” ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") Actually, maybe we should blame this fifth season episode of Tng, which aired in 1992 — a year before "Groundhog Day. »
- Phil Pirrello, Comic Book Resources
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