Netflix has released the first trailer for Tina Fey’s upcoming Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The series, created by Fey and Robert Carlock, concerns a woman (Ellie Kemper) who is looking to get back on her feet after escaping a cult. It also stars Tituss Burgess as her roommate and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, who will play a recurring role as a wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.
Thirteen episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix on March 6th, and it’s already guaranteed to have a second season.
During their opening monologue — which is traditionally when the award ceremony’s hosts poke exceedingly gentle fun at their rich and famous audience – they went after Cosby with what was a very good joke. A solid, well-played, network TV-friendly topical joke.
But judging from the audience’s reaction and Monday’s headlines, you would have thought it was a truly outrageous joke. Here it is, word for word:
This is the first awards season that we are lacking Joan Rivers and her always snarky (but true) commentary on the Hollywood red carpet. However, Joan would be proud: One of the subtle themes running through the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, held on Sunday evening, was the empowerment of women and other sexual minorities. Of course, things weren’t too serious: There were plenty of jokes (some in poor taste) and lots of poking fun at North Korea. We figured we’d try to fill in the void of Ms. Rivers by presenting our highlights of the best and worst moments of last evening’s festivities, co-hosted by hometown hero, Tina Fey (and, of course, Amy Poehler).
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stick on one rule when hosting the Golden Globes: Don’t make people in the audience uncomfortable with their jokes. She explains to Access Hollywood:
Amy and I have always said that the idea [is] that we don’t want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us. It’s a party and it’s—in the grand scheme of the world, it couldn’t be less important and I think that’s what makes it fun.
But what about people who aren’t in the audience? People like, say, Bill Cosby?
Tina Fey is probably one of the last people you’d think would weigh in on the deadly terrorist attack in Paris this morning on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. But she was asked to weigh in during an interview at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, today. She took the opportunity to stress the importance of free speech and a comedian’s right to satirize.
Obviously, that news is terrible and tragic and upsetting. … You look at that and you look at the controversy surrounding The Interview, it makes you think about how important free speech is and how it absolutely must be defended. [We] cannot back down on free speech in any way. We all have to stand firm on the issue of free speech.
I think the closest we ever got to that was doing Weekend Update [on Saturday Night Live], which was a long time ago. … But even that was a different era, because in a social media era where you make a joke on American TV and it can go worldwide, it’s a different environment.
But we’re Americans. … and even if it’s dumb jokes in The Interview, we have the right to make them.
The series, which Netflix purchased from NBC, was created by Fey and Robert Carlock. It follows a woman (Ellie Kemper) who is looking to get back on her feet after escaping a cult. It stars Tituss Burgess, Sara Chase and Lauren Adams and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski will play a recurring role as wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, centers on a woman (Kemper) who is looking for a fresh start in New York after escaping a doomsday cult.
Fans of Upper Darby native Tina Fey’s 2011 memoir Bossy Pants may remember a section in the book that’s dedicated to body image. In it, Fey sounds off on the unrealistic image standards women feel like they have to live up to, thanks to stars like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. The text is making the rounds on the Internet again this week, because of that vile photo of Kardashian’s bare-ass on the cover of Paper Magazine. Let’s take as moment to reflect:
Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and former Chelsea Lately comedian Fortune Feimster are teaming up for an autobiographical TV series based on Feimster’s life. The two previously worked together on the pilot for Cabot College, a sitcom about a women’s college that begins admitting men. It was set to star Feimster and Margaret Cho and be produced by Fey and 30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock, but, as we reported in August, the pilot was passed on by Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair’s untitled new project also has the 30 Rock alums attached. Feimster and Hubbard are co-creators; Hubbard will write the script and executive produce alongside Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts’ David Miner.
We couldn’t be more excited for Feimster’s new project. When we spoke with the funny lady last month, she described working with Tina Fey as a great experience, saying, “She’s a good person to have in your corner.” With Fey’s TV magic and with Feimster’s comedy already taking inspiration from her real life—even her role in Cabot College was based on her time as a three-sport college athlete—we can’t wait to see where this project goes.