If people haven’t realized this already, Netflix is basically the king and savior of all things TV-related. When the company isn’t creating its own widely popular series like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Hemlock Grove and BoJack Horseman, it’s also streaming past seasons of television shows for all of us to binge-watch. Even better, it also saves canceled shows that should’ve aired on TV, which has actually proven to be a pretty successful idea. First, it was Arrested Development — but, this time, the video streaming service has swooped in to save the day before a crisis even occurred. According to reports, Netflix has picked up NBC’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, after NBC decided they didn’t want to move forward with the show — and, even better, they picked it up for two whole seasons.
After picking up other axed shows like Arrested Development, The Killing and Longmire, Netflix has somehow used its magic to turn canceled shows around to draw in more viewers time and time again. For instance: Although Fox canceled Arrested Development years ago because of low ratings, the show garnered attention once the entirety of Season 4 premiered online — and, apparently, it did so well that Netflix was even interested in continuing the process with yet another season of that.
So all of this seems like good news for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and its star, The Office's Ellie Kemper, which were turned down because NBC currently has “a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule,” according to NBC’s Robert Greenblatt. Now the show still has an opportunity to shine on Netflix rather than being canned before it even had one episode aired.
And, with The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt centered on a young woman who has lived in a cult for 15 years, only to be rescued, later deciding to “reclaim her life” in New York City, I’m almost positive this show will be a hit. Not only does everyone love comedies, but this one also has a unique storyline. Plus, now that Netflix has Fey on its side, I can only imagine how much more powerful it’s going to become.