Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of Netflix’s original programming. The sweet, charming, yet wickedly funny comedy, follows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, The Office), a young, naive woman who has been kept in an underground bunker for fifteen years. Once released, she decides to make a new life for herself in New York. She finds a roommate, Tituss (Tituss Burgess, The Office) and a new job working for a rich socialite (played by 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski).
Written and produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been a hit with critics and fans alike, earning an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series. A simple yet effective comedy, Kimmy Schmidt revealed itself as a show with real heart, and Netflix quickly ordered a second season. That season, it was revealed at Netflix’s TCA panel, will make its debut on the streaming service on April 15th, 2016. It will also come as a delight to fans to hear that Netflix, confident in Fey’s ability to deliver top-notch binge watching fodder, have already ordered a third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was shot for NBC, but the channel passed on it and Netflix picked it up. Speaking at the TCA panel, Fey said she and fellow showrunner Carlock still write the show with act breaks, even though it airs uninterrupted. As she has done previously, Fey also discussed the family friendly tone the show holds. Once again she reitteraited that she has no intention of altering the show’s approach in season 2 and 3, and added that she is mindful, as a mother herself, that this is a show which families do sit down and watch together:
“I would hate for (viewers) to trust this show and then you put on the second season and it was just — prison sex.”
Indeed, many people watch the show because it is so wholesome and enjoyable, and Netflix already offers plenty in the way of more mature programming for those interested (see for example Orange is the New Black, which Fey may have been referencing directly with her “prison sex” joke). Kimmy’s naivety is what engages viewers and brings most of the comedy as those around her try to school her in the ways of the world. Fey realizes this and it’s a welcome relief to hear she has no intention of messing with a format that works so well.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 premieres on Netflix on April 15th, 2016. We’ll let you know when season 3 gets an official premiere date.
Source: Netflix TCA Panel [via Variety]