'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt': Tina Fey Talks Season 2 Tone & Filming Dates

Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally set to air on NBC, before the network decided it wasn't a good fit and Netflix picked up the show, instead. The show went on to garner excellent reviews, a rabid social media following, and even several Emmy nominations. Thanks to the combined efforts of stars Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, as well as showrunner team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt became one of 2015's breakout TV hits.

Netflix ordered two seasons of the show when NBC handed it off, which means that the upcoming season will be the first produced with the knowledge that the series will be airing on Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans have thus speculated about whether the content of the show might change (now that the broadcast network constraints on profanity and other mature content have lifted).

Fey, when she spoke during the 2015 Television Critics Association press tour, provided the following updates on development for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two - including, whether or not its tone will differ from season one:

Tina Fey says they won’t up level of adult language/content in season two, in order not to mess with show’s existing tone. #tca15

— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) July 28, 2015

First table read is on 8/6 and the second season of #unbreakableKimmySchmidt starts production on 8/17 #TCA15

— Gwen Reyes (@ReelVixen) July 28, 2015

As Fey explained, she doesn't to alienate families who have taken to watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt together, by including more adult content in season two. She later revealed that Netflix has encouraged the show's crew to go beyond the network-mandated 21 minutes and 15 seconds runtime per episode, and that will come into play during season two. However, she doesn't anticipate episodes going beyond thirty minutes in total.

Ellie Kemper and Titus Burgess in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The decision to keep Kimmy Schmidt at its current level of profanity and raciness makes sense for a couple reasons. For one, the show has already been praised for its writing, and the surprisingly large haul of Emmy nominations suggests that the creative team ought not to change what’s already working for viewers. Beyond that, the show is centered around a character who exists in a state of youthful bliss when it comes to adult content, and it makes sense that the show around her would reflect that sensibility.

Once a show has already attained a level of popularity, it’s unlikely that the creative team will radically change its approach, especially when it doesn’t fit the content of the show. Hence, discussion of the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can now shift to more pressing concerns, such as where the storyline will proceed next, whether the series will continue to grow in popularity - and, of course, whether Titus will write and perform a sequel to “Peeno Noir”.

NEXT: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 1 Review

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two will debut on Netflix in 2016.

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