“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has been renewed for season 3 by Netflix.
The Universal TV comedy, exec produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, stars Ellie Kemper as a woman who is reintroduced to the real world after years in a cult. The renewal was confirmed Sunday at the start of the show’s panel at the winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
The second season bows April 15. In discussing the first two seasons, Fey noted that even though “Unbreakable” airs on a commercial-free SVOD outlet, she and Carlock still write the show with act breaks.
“Unbreakable” was originally developed for NBC but moved to Netflix in 2014 with a two-season order. It’s been warmly received by critics and earned an Emmy nomination last year for best comedy series.
Fey said she loves working in the environment of Netflix with no pressure coming from a weekly ratings report card. It’s a big change from her 2006-2013 run on NBC’s “30 Rock,” a critical darling that never drew a big audience. “It was just a constant disappointment,” Fey said regarding “30 Rock” ratings. “It’s very freeing not to live by fear.”
Kemper said she values the feedback she gets from everyday fans.
“I’ve had a lot of people share with me that they were going through a difficult time, they watched this and it helped them to feel better,” Kemper said.
The commercial-free environment also gives them more freedom to push the envelope on the content — but Fey stressed that they have self-imposed parameters. The first season was shot with the intention of airing on NBC before it shifted to Netflix. Season two, however, was produced last year for Netflix. But Fey said she feels responsibility, particularly as a mother herself, knowing that the show draws a younger audience.
“I would hate for (viewers) to trust this show and then you put on the second season and it was just — prison sex,” Fey said.