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In Case You Had Any Doubt That Netflix Is a Serious TV Player, This Should Convince You: NBCU/Tina Fey-Produced Sitcom, Which Was Supposed to Have a Midseason Debut on NBC, Has Instead Been Sold to Netflix With a Two-Season Commitment

Nov 21, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The streaming video service Netflix “is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock,” writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

The story reports: “Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series — starring Ellie Kemper — had at NBC. The 13-episode first season will debut on Netflix in March, around the same time it should’ve premiered on NBC. Universal TV remains as the studio in its first foray at Netflix.”

Writes Lesley Goldberg in The Hollywood Reporter, the show had multiple network bidders when NBC won the project.

Goldberg’s report quotes NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt saying: “When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series. While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy midseason schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert and Universal Television. We’re already talking to these extraordinary creators about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.”

To read more about this deal we urge you to click on the links, above, which will take you to the original stories at Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.


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