While it bears the distinctive markings of a show that would be right at home in that immortal two-hour stretch of comedy magic, it’s not on NBC. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may be the latest series to debut on the ever-growing, all-consuming streaming behemoth that is Netflix, but its goofy spirit and whimsical characters feel like they could only exist because of what aired before ... on NBC. Specifically: it’s no coincidence that this show shares so many writers, directors and producers with 30 Rock.
Netflix snapped up one of NBC’s surely-doomed sitcoms in that of ‘30 Rock’ star Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ already renewing the Ellie Kemper apocalypse comedy for a second year. The first trailer for the new series has arrived, but did Netflix make the right call in picking up NBC’s loss?
Netflix keeps adding to its reputation as a savior of cancelled shows, most recently picking up a fourth season of ‘Longmire’ after A&E’s cancellation, but their latest acquisition proves even notably weirder. Prior to ever even airing on NBC, Tina Fey-Ellie Kemper comedy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ has set a March 2015 premiere on Netflix, where the show has been picked up for two full seasons.
Every so often, during a press day that seems endless for everyone involved, something that at least resembles "reality" can occur. It's an odd thing, really: Because on a day like this, most people involved are seeking something that doesn't feel manufactured, even though it's almost impossible to find. Anyway, that's my overly hyperbolic way of saying, "Talking to Ellie Kemper was a delight."
We'd known post '30 Rock' that NBC would stay in business with Tina Fey to develop new comedies, but today the network shows its surprising commitment. NBC has given a straight-to-series order to a new female-driven comedy led by 'The Office' star Ellie Kemper, following the tale of a doomsday-cult dropout in 'Tooken.'
Many a 'True Blood' fan wondered where Anna Camp's Sarah Newlin drove off to at the end of the season, having been spared a bullet from Jason Stackhouse, and now we know: Farhampton! 'How I Met Your Mother''s ninth and final season has recruited Camp for a potentially recurring role as a troublesome wedding guest, but what happened to 'The Office' star Ellie Kemper's original commitment to the role?
If 'How I Met Your Mother' plans to follow through on its intent of setting most of the ninth and final season and Barney and Robin's wedding weekend, you'd better believe the guest list will be star-studded. The latest to join the 'HIMYM' gang's final season is none other than former 'The Office' darling Ellie Kemper, but who's head will she be turning?
Next week will deliver the majority of the news from the major networks Upfront presentations, but as we've been seeing for weeks, many renewal and cancellation decisions have already been made. NBC's troubled year could see some major upsets in its lineup, but now we're hearing that notifications have gone out to pilots the network intends to pass on, among them the Virginia Madsen-fronted modern 'Hatfields & McCoys,' and 'The Office' star Ellie Kemper's follow-up vehicle 'Brenda Forever.' Get the latest on NBC's pilot passes inside!
'The Office's' May 16 series finale may put the entire Dunder-Mifflin crew out of work, but at least one star of the long-running NBC comedy won't be out of a job for too long. In addition to taking the lead in NBC's upcoming pilot 'Brenda Forever,' 'The Office' funnygirl Ellie Kemper has signed on to lend her voice for a role in 'American Dad's' next season on FOX, but who will Kemper be tempting this time around?
Granted 'The Office' has launched the careers of a number of household names, few have stuck out from the later seasons as strongly as Ellie Kemper, best known for her role as Pam's kooky replacement secretary Erin Hannon. And while the series will finally come to a close this May, few stars will keep of the TV for long, as Kemper too has been granted her own NBC series pilot, 'Brenda Forever.' Find out if Ellie Kemper can hack it on her own inside!