At the TV advertising upfronts last May, as the US broadcast networks unveiled their fall lineups for advertisers, one of NBC’s most exciting new offerings was a comedy it had slated for midseason, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Co-created by Tina Fey, it was about a woman (played by The Office’s Ellie Kemper) who escapes a doomsday cult and restarts her life in New York City.
But when Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt finally debuts in March, it will be airing not on NBC but on Netflix, which announced late Friday that it had acquired the series from NBC, and given it a two-season commitment. This is the fifth big series pickup that Netflix has made in the past two weeks, and comes just two days after it announced a fourth season of Longmire, the high-rated (but older-skewing) drama that A&E had canceled in August.
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