7 Reasons why “30 Rock” fans will love “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

March 5, 2015 8:56 PM

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Jenna Maroney!: Good news, Jenna fans — Jane Krakowski is back, and she’s playing a role very similar to the narcissistic “30 Rock” prima donna we know and love. In “Kimmy,” Krakowski plays Jacqueline Voorhees, a vain, social-climbing trophy wife prone to delicious one-liners and liberal use of plastic surgery (unlike Jenna, though, she is a fundamentally good person at heart; the show tends to share “Parks & Recreation”‘s more rosy view of human nature). And the “30 Rock” casting overlap doesn’t end there: Kimmy’s roommate Titus is played to perfection by Tituss Burgess, who made quite a mark in his small “30 Rock” role as Angie Jordan’s flamboyant pal D’Fwan.

An exploration of class politics: “30 Rock” derived much of its humor from the conflict between Jack’s Master of the Universe character and Liz’s schlubby writer (and even further, between these two and Kenneth, the wide-eyed pageboy who hailed from a small rural town). “Kimmy” similarly plays with ...

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