She's "Unbreakable" -- and she may prove irresistible. On Friday, March 6, Netflix subscribers will have a new show to binge watch when the comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” premieres. For those wondering if it's worth the watch, we suggest you clear your calendar now, because you’ll very likely end up devouring all 13 episodes of the whimsical series, starring “The Office” actress Ellie Kemper.
Here are a few things to know about the upcoming Netflix show:
1. Created by Comedy Moguls
Comedic standards for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” were set pretty high after it was revealed “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey was the creator behind the series. She partnered with her “30 Rock” pal Robert Carlock to whip up the witty show.
2. Charismatic Cast
According to Vanity Fair, the show was tailor-made for Ellie Kemper by Fey and Carlock. Kimmy is an “Indiana Mole Woman” who escapes from a doomsday cult that kept her trapped underground for 15 years with three other members. After being rescued from the apocalypse shelter, Kimmy goes on a press tour, but her quick stint of fame will end after she decides to start her life over in the magical city of New York.
Jane Krakowski, who starred in “30 Rock,” plays Jacqueline Voorhees, a wealthy socialite who hires Kimmy as her nanny. Tituss Burgess, another “30 Rock” alum, co-stars as “a gay, larger-than-life (but failing) singer” who happens to be Kimmy’s first roommate since her escape from the cult.
3. Character Development
Although it may seem like the characters from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are stereotypical, Entertainment Weekly reported that Kimmy and the gang will quickly gain depth -- specifically by the third episode.
4. Quick Comic Fix
Each episode of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is just 30 minutes long, which will leave viewers craving more.
5. Originally Owned by NBC
On Oct. 31, 2013, NBC ordered 13 straight-to-series episodes for the comedy, which was originally titled “Tooken.” However, in November 2014, the network sold the series to Netflix due to scheduling conflicts.
“The show is made by NBC -- it’s in NBC’s best interests for the show to have its best home. And rather than trying to stick it on NBC between a multicam and a drama, they agreed that [Netflix] would be the right place for it,” Fey explained in a statement.
Netflix was more than happy to take the campy series off NBC’s hands. “The very construct of ‘Kimmy’ -- its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters, and serialized storytelling -- make it a perfect Netflix comedy series,” Cindy Holland, vp of original content at Netflix, said in a statement.
6. More Kimmy, More Laughs
Curious if “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will get renewed for another season? When NBC sold the comedy to Netflix, the contract included a two-season commitment. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed that "this was the best possible scenario to [launching] this captivating new series."
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will become available to stream on Netflix Friday, March 6, at 3 a.m. EST/midnight PST.