Netflix announced on Friday that it has picked up 2 seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (pictured) co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock). Originally scheduled to bow on NBC next year, it is now set to premiere the entirety of its 13-episode first season in March.
The series is produced by Universal Television, which, like NBC, is a subsidiary of Comcast-owned NBCUniversal.
“While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “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.”
The series tells the story of a Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper), who emerges after living in a cult for 15 years to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. The project is heavy with 30 Rock vets, including Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess, who play Schmidt’s boss and roommate, respectively, and Jeff Richmond, Jack Burditt (The Mindy Project) and David Miner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), who serve as executive producers with Fey and Carlock. The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Emmy winner Carol Kane (Taxi, The Princess Bride).