Netflix Snatches Tina Fey’s New Series Away From NBC

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Netflix is the undisputed king of streaming services, especially when it comes to original content. Netflix crushed it with “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” it has the incredibly funny and underrated “BoJack Horseman,” and it resuscitated old favorites, such as “Arrested Development.” Now, Netflix is taking it to a whole different level with five Marvel Comics series (“Daredevil,” etc.), two seasons of a new Judd Apatow comedy, and, in what can only be described as a big F.U. to network television, it just snatched up Tina Fey’s newest comedy, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” from NBC.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is Tina Fey’s first comedy since “30 Rock,” and it reunites her with Robert Carlock, a former “Saturday Night Live” and “Friends” writer and show-runner on “30 Rock,” who is a co-creator of this series. The show is set to premiere in March 2015. The series was initially supposed to air on NBC with a 13-episode order, but the series was instead sold to Netflix, which gave it a two-season order.

The show follows Kimmy Schmidt, played by the fucking adorable Ellie Kemper, who is rescued from a doomsday cult after 15 years. This turns her into a national sensation. Instead of returning to her boring, pre-cult life in Indiana, she stays in New York City with a big wad of rescue fund cash and starts her life over again.

Kemper is joined by a number of “30 Rock” alums, including Jane Krakowski, who plays a rich, bitchy, Upper East Side woman who hires Kimmy as a nanny. Titus Burgess plays an aspiring Broadway actor who works as a dancing robot in Times Square, too. The cast also features legendary actress Carol Kane, who’s been in, well, everything. Her most notable role was when she played Simka Gravas in “Taxi” opposite Andy Kaufman–the role landed her two Emmy awards.

NBC’s production arm, Universal Television, is still producing the series along with Fey’s production company, Little Stranger, Inc., but NBC decided to shop the project around to another network based on the fact that NBC thought the series might be an awkward fit with its very drama-heavy schedule. This move has puzzled many critics who thought that this series might be a way for NBC to make inroads with the comedy genre, which is something the network has struggled with in recent years.

NBC has already canceled the comedy series “A to Z” and “Bad Judge” this season, and it decided not to move forward with the series “Mission Control,” which was set to star Krysten Ritter. NBC still has the series “One Big Happy,” produced by Ellen DeGeneres, and “Mr. Robinson,” starring Craig Robinson, as well as the final season of “Parks and Recreation.”

Meanwhile, Netflix is laughing into piles and piles of subscriber money. Those clever bastards.

[via Variety]

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