The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was the talk of social media all weekend, debuting its complete first season on Netflix Friday morning and transporting gleeful sitcom lovers to the cynical, ridiculous, hilarious brains of co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. And to think, we almost didn’t see it at all: NBC ordered the show straight-to-series in the fall of 2013, clearly eager to get back to work with 30 Rock masterminds Fey and Carlock. But then the network suddenly dropped the series last fall, allowing Netflix to pick the show up and add a second season to boot.
Many people were shocked that NBC would so casually shrug off Fey, one of its last remaining superstars. But then again, maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised; after all, 30 Rock predicted it.
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