Netflix has grabbed yet another series from network TV hands, just days after the company ordered the fourth season of A&E’s Longmire. The company was able to take Tina Fey’s new show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” away from NBC.
The show, which aired on NBC and stars Ellie Kemper, will premiere and start streaming in March. Netflix ordered the show for two seasons. The show is about a woman who begins her life again after she escapes a doomsday cult. Universal TV is the production company of the show. NBC had slated “Kimmie” for its midseason schedule.
Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, said when the chance for Robert Carlock and Tina Fey to show their new program on Netflix with a commitment of two years, the network decided this was a great situation for the fascinating new series.
Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland said the hilariousness characters, offbeat premise and great storytelling makes “Kimmie” perfect as a Netflix comedy series.
Along with A&E’s Longmire series (which was cancelled on the network), Netflix took over AMC’s “The Killing”.
Netflix is making two-season ordering commonplace. In 2011, the company stirred the waters when it ordered two seasons worth of “House of Cards”. Early in 2014, Netflix put an order in for two seasons of a Judd Apatow comedy called “Love”.
For years, NBC has struggled with comedy shows, saying 30-minute sitcoms are a bit of dying breed on the network’s schedule. The Internet is hoping to help the genre.
In May, the network said it would air seven new 30-minute shows in its 2014-2015 season. However, with “Kimmy” moving to Netflix and “Mission Control” not getting the go-ahead for a midseason show, the number has been reduced to five. Krysten Ritter laffer had been set for a six-episode order.
Both “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” are still airing but are cancelled. “Marry Me” is still doing well because it airs after “The Voice”.
For the midseason, this leaves “One Big Happy”, produced by Ellen DeGeneres and “Mr. Robinson, which is Craig Robinson teacher comedy.
The last season for “Parks and Recreation” will air on NBC this spring.