Kimmy Schmidt got on the air at NBC in large part because of the caliber of auspices behind it. (It has a straight-to-series order.) That also was a reason for the show’s move to Netflix — the network didn’t have a good time slot for the series but Fey and Carlock were important to the network, and the show was important to Uni TV. Meanwhile, Netflix had been looking to get in business with Fey and Carlock, and the streaming service stepped up with an offer for a two-season order.
Kimmy Schmidt‘s jump to Netflix might be a sign of things to come, with that brand of comedy possibly permanently leaving the broadcast airwaves as it caters to viewers who have migrated away from linear viewing to digital platforms. If Fey’s acclaimed 30 Rock came out today, who knows if it would’ve lasted as long on a broadcast network as it did.
Greenblatt underscored the company’s commitment to the series. “We’re already talking to (Fey and Carlock) 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.”
Fey and Carlock, in turn, stressed their ongoing commitment to the NBC family (both under overall deals at Uni TV). “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order,” they said. “We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper’s shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix.”
After living in a cult for 15 years, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess) and a new beginning. The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Carol Kane.