Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally developed for NBC's midseason lineup

By Lynette Rice
Updated November 21, 2014 07:35 PM
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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, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt.

“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.”

Netflix ordered two seasons of the comedy, which shoots on location in the Big Apple. The action starts with Kimmy being rescued after living 15 years with a cult and culminates with an appearance on Today. Rather than return to Indiana, she stays in New York and ends up renting a room from a gay Broadway actor (30 Rock’s Tituss Burgess) who makes a living as a robot in Times Square.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt also stars Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) and Carol Kane (Taxi).

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