Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt begins production of its second season in August and, now that the show has settled at Netflix, creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock can take far more liberties than they could when the show was slated for broadcast television. But that doesn’t mean they will.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, “[the show’s] first season was already set in stone when the series moved over from NBC to Netflix. Editors were allowed to open the episodes back up, adding a few jokes that had been trimmed for broadcast, but the entire 13-episode run had already been filmed.”
So, hypothetically, Fey and Carlock could toe the line more than before, or ignore it altogether. But before your imagination runs amuck with lurid thoughts of a “Pinot Noir” porno endeavor or Kimmy and Jacqueline snorting coke at the fitness spa, Fey is here to tell you that the show will maintain its family-friendly tone.
Because “many people had told her they were watching the show with...children...[Fey] didn’t want to stray from the more broadcast-friendly tone of comedy.” Our Crayola-attired, rigorously optimistic heroine, played by Ellie Kemper, will continue her adventures much as before, sans f-bombs or sexts.
“I don’t think you’ll see any cursing or nudity,” Fey mentioned at the Television Critics Association press tour panel. But she added, “I think it does give us license to play with time and culture — or to potentially offend an advertiser or the NFL.” The episodes will likely be a bit longer too, which sounds chill enough.
Fey did emphasize, however, that a show like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—a “weird show”—is not irrevocably incompatible with broadcast television.
In any case, I’m happy so long as Tituss Burgess is granted generous heaps of screen time.
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