Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has consistently brought even more sunshine to spring by its first two premieres, but Season 3 may look at least a little darker. Not only will the Ellie Kemper comedy shoot later in the year than usual, Season 3 will premiere closer to next summer.
Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been busy Kimmy-fying the world in prep for her April 15 Season 2 return, and she won’t be alone. New photos from the season reveal the vast array of guest stars, including Jeff Goldblum, Tina Fey (in a new role), Anna Camp, and several more.
Tina Fey has proven herself capable of elevating some fairly mediocre material (remember Admission? Of course you don’t), and while Whiskey Tango Foxtrot hardly presents a formidable challenge, it does put that theory to the test. The latest film from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love and Focus is just as glossy as its predecessors, but without the comedic vibrance of Fey, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot could have easily resulted in a spiritual successor to Eat, Pray, Love.
The moment former Alaskan governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for President of the United States, you know the producers at SNL hurried to get Tina Fey on the phone. The beloved former cast member, who just hosted the show last month, famously took on the role of Palin eight years ago and many people believe that her scathing imitation actually did lasting harm to the real Palin’s political chances. In any case, this event allowed SNL to pair Fey’s Palin with Darrell Hammond‘s Trump. Thanks, reality!
The initial two-season order took some of the fun out of rooting for Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but not after today. Not only does Kimmy have an official premiere, but the Unbreakable breakout has an official Season 3 renewal, and some good news for Tina Fey fans to boot.
If you’re a fan of Ronda Rousey, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with her “Do Nothing Bitches” speech from an interview the MMA fighter gave that’s collected over 3 million hits on YouTube and generated a clothing line. Rousey’s whole DNB thing is so popular that it inspired Sisters scribe Paula Pell to write an entire film based on it, with Tina Fey set to co-star with Rousey in what could be the most delightful odd-coupling in years.
With the loss of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, NBC has struggled in the sitcom department and fallen far short of their former glory, particularly in the face of FOX’s strong lineup and excellent original content from Netflix, Amazon and other streaming providers. There are potentially great things ahead, however, as the company has ordered pilots from Tina Fey, Mike Schur, Marlon Wayans and DC comics, offering a veritable variety platter of humor that could very well punch-up their sitcom lineup and put them back in the game.
Tina Fey’s big SNL return alongside Amy Poehler virtually guaranteed that the duo would reprise their iconic roles as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, but less assured was that Palin herself would take bizarre potshots at Fey in a fully-formed 30 Rock parody of her own. Won’t you gaze into the abyss with us, or at least wrap your head around John McCain as Jack Donaghy?
What’s the point in letting former SNL cast members guest host if you aren’t going to resurrect sketches and characters from back when they were on the show? We saw this a few weeks ago when Tracy Morgan gently poked our nostalgia buttons with the return of Brian Fellows and it happened again last night with the return of Bronx Beat. However, this wasn’t just a showcase for co-guest host Amy Poehler — it also saw the return of the great Maya Rudolph to the SNL stage. And there was no way the evening’s other guest host, Tina Fey, was going to sit out this chance to reunite with her few fellow Studio 8H veterans.
It’s a testament to the staying power of certain public figures that they’ve been played by more than one SNL cast member over the years. People like Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady turned former Senator turned former Secretary of State turned current Democratic Presidential frontrunner, linger on long past Saturday Night Live cast rotations. So what is the show to do when one of its guest hosts used to play a vital and very much in the public eye politician back in the day? Put her on stage with the current version, of course.