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Tina Fey’s new sitcom is moving from NBC to Netflix

Tina Fey’s new sitcom is moving from NBC to Netflix
November 28, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

A little while back, it was announced that Tina Fey was working on a new sitcom for NBC–Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt–about a girl who escapes a cult and starts over in New York City. Except like all the best peacock shows, it is no longer on NBC, as it’s already been sold to Netflix. So if you were planning on waiting for the entire season to come out so you can binge watch it, good news!

So this is probably a first: Netflix has picked up Tina Fey’s new sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before it has even had a chance to get canceled. It’s not that Netflix is picking up the series because it had nowhere else to go, either. Kimmy Schmidt had a straight-to-series order from NBC and was supposed to have a midseason premiere, but the network’s overlords at Universal TV just decided to put it directly on Netflix instead. The show is also getting a guaranteed second season on top of that, leaving NBC with whatever NBC currently has instead of a new comedy series created by Tina Fey. SOURCE

In all fairness, it’s important to remember that while everyone actually really loved 30 Rock, the people who watched it were, almost exclusively, the Netflix crowd. As she explained in her book, Bossypants, networks look at the ratings of a show when it originally airs. They don’t really care about Netflix views of reruns. At least by moving it exclusively to Netflix, Kimmy Schmidt has a better chance of long-term survival because it doesn’t have to worry about network oversight and they get to focus on where their biggest numbers are.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.