Tina Fey’s New Show Moves from NBC to Netflix


3:11 PM PST 11/21/2014 by Lesley Goldberg, HollywoodReporter.com

The Ellie Kemper comedy has been renewed for a second season as the streamer takes over the series from the network

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Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Ellie Kemper
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.

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 in the fall. The series, however, was left off the network’s fall slate and never received a time slot.

“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,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy midseason schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert and Universal Television. We’re already talking to these extraordinary creators about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.



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