Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has got another major show to its credit just days after the streaming company got the telecast rights of the fourth season of Longmire from A&E. The new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is NBC comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and will now be streamed by Netflix, who has ordered two-seasons of the show.
Netflix bags new shows
The show is scheduled for premiere next March in all the Netflix territories. Produced by Universal TV, Kimmy is the story of a woman, who escapes from a doomsday cult and then starts her new life all over again. Ellie Kemper, who has previously starred in the show The Office, plays the lead. Initially set up at Fox, the project ended up with NBC, who had plans of telecasting the show sometime during the mid of the season.
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“When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
Netflix already licenses three seasons of the show Longmire from A&E, and even though the series was already cancelled by its original cable home, the streaming company ordered a fourth season. The Killing is one more series that started on network TV, but eventually continued on Netflix.
Two season trend with Netflix
It’s becoming more of a habit for Netflix to order for two-season. The streaming company surprised everyone in 2011 by unprecedented two season order of the original drama series House of Cards. Earlier this year, Netflix ordered two seasons of a comedy from Judd Apatow (the executive producer) Love.
NBC has been struggling to get few comedy shows to its credit from past many years, and it hoped to make some progress inroads with the genre this season. During the 2014-15 season, seven new half hours were to be aired by Peacock according to the announcement it made last May. But after Kimmy Schmidt moving to Netflix, and they dropping the plan of going ahead with midseason Krysten Ritter laffer Mission Control the number has reduced to five.
Year to date Netflix shares are down over 2%.