Tina Fey Takes on Netflix

By Jessica Nocera

When the final episode of “30 Rock” aired, no one thought that would be the last of Tina Fey, and they were right.  Tina Fey could not leave the comedic world for long. In her latest project, Fey works behind the camera, as she is one of the head writers and producers of the new Netflix original series: “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Originally meant to air on NBC, the show follows Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), a young woman who was freed from a bizarre underground apocalypse cult. She, along with three other women with whom she lives underground for 15 years, become convinced that the world had ended and they were the only survivors.

“I was really excited to see that Ellie Kemper is in another comedy, [and] I thought she did a fantastic job in ‘The Office’ and ‘Bridesmaids’. It will be fun to see her in the spotlight as a protagonist,” said Maria Haber sophomore journalism major.

Kemper’s character is full of quirks as she tries to re-acclimate to life in the modern world of New York City. As seen in the trailer, she has a strange fear of Velcro and becomes fascinated with new modern dance moves. She ends up rooming with a black street performer (portrayed by Tituss Burgess) and begins to nanny for a stereotypical, snooty Upper East Side-type mom, played by Jane Krakowski.

Krakowski’s character brings a sense of nostalgia for all “30 Rock” fans as she brings back her famous overly sarcastic personality to the screen. Viewers will appreciate all the lighthearted wit Fey has written into the show.

“I’m looking forward to the show, it’s an incredibly original idea and Tina Fey’s proven that she can be a successful show runner with ‘30 Rock’,” said Jason Siegel, sophomore communication and psychology double major.

“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will premiere on Netflix on March 6 with all of the Season 1 episodes available for binge watching.


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