Friday, January 9, 2015

Netflix Drives Off With New Tina Fey Sitcom

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 11:48 AM

After reading her 2011 laugh-out-loud-funny biography Bossypants, it wouldn't have been surprising to learn that if someone pitched the idea of Tina Fey doing another sitcom, she would have said, "No to the way to the Jose. Shut it down." In Bossypants, she makes it clear that creating, running and starring in 30 Rock on the heels of a career at Saturday Night Live was hard, exhausting (albeit fulfilling) work. The bigger surprise, though, came when NBCUniversal gave the greenlight to a new Fey project only to then stomp on the brakes and let Netflix take the wheel.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premieres Friday, March 6, on Netflix and stars Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) as a young woman restarting her life in New York after years living with a doomsday cult. The show is co-created by Fey and Robert Carlock, a writer and producer for Friends, Joey, SNL and 30 Rock. reports that NBCUniversal filmed the first season, and Netflix has already renewed it for a second; and Fey and Carlock's thoughts on the change at the Television Critics Association. Read the article here.

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