Not content with signing up the Queen (sort of), Netflix is also going into business with the Queen of comedy: Tina Fey.
As Variety reports, the online streaming service has snapped up her new sitcom. Fey won’t actually appear in it, but she is writing and producing the show with Robert Carlock, who she worked with on 30 Rock.
Called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it stars Ellie Kemper (who you might remember from the American version of ‘The Office’ or a little movie called ‘Bridesmaids’) as the titular character, a young woman who moves to New York after escaping a doomsday cult.
Initially, NBC planned to add it to their schedule early next year but with a renewed focus on drama, they let Netflix make them an offer they couldn’t refuse. That’s good news for viewers because not only does it come with a two-series commitment but in typical Netflix fashion, it’ll premiere in every territory on the same day. We can expect the first 13 episodes to drop in March 2015.
Although the move from TV to online might seem like a demotion, it could well have saved the show. As Deadline points out, quirky comedies tend to fare better on Netflix (and earn more money from syndication deals) than on traditional TV. Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix says, ‘Its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialised storytelling make it a perfect Netflix comedy series.’
Dear Gods of TV: Please let it be good.
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