'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt': Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper Dish on Their Hilarious Netflix Series!
By Leanne Aguilera
What do you get when you mix the brilliance of Tina Fey, a smile-inducing cast and the bingeable benefits of Netflix? Your new favorite quirky comedy!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which premieres today on the streaming media, centers on a girl -- played by The Office's Ellie Kemper -- who is so incredibly optimistic, she makes Mr. Rogers look like a grumpy old man.
"Ellie plays a woman who has been held in an apocalyptic cult by a guy who thinks the world is going to end," Executive Producer Fey told ETonline at the Winter TCA Press Tour. "He's held these women for their safety for 15 years, and in the beginning of the series she is rescued."
"She has a new chance at life," Fey continued. "But then because of her weird background there are a lot of things she doesn’t know, and then some very weird things that she thinks she knows that are wrong." Translation: it's a classic fish-out-of-water tale with an overly cheerful twist.
If you’re a fan of 30 Rock then this is certainly the series for you. Fey has created an outrageously fun new series that features an all-star roster from the Emmy Award-winning NBC comedy. Robert Carlock is once again on board as Fey's co-EP, while 30 Rock favorites Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess plays scene-stealers Jacqueline Voorhes, and Kimmy's new roommate Titus, respectively.
Fun-Fact: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally created for NBC, but Fey explained that the network was concerned that it would not have a proper place in their weekly line-up.
"We made these first 13 episodes for NBC and then we were talking with NBC and they were like, 'We don’t know where we can put it. We don’t have any shows like this anymore. We don’t have that many single camera comedies coming up.' And they gave us the opportunity to talk to Netflix," she said. "Within like two or three days the whole thing was a deal."
Kemper was thrilled when she discovered the series was switching to the streaming media. "I thought it was absolutely cool because we found out that the show was moving the Netflix, and had gotten picked up for a second season in the same breath," she explained. "I think everyone just wanted the best home for the show, and Netflix is very cool."
You can watch all 13 episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's first season on Netflix beginning today, March, 6.