4 years back, when Tina Fey helmed a project following the strange life of a doomsday cult survivor, little she had an idea of what impact it was going to create. 4 years later today, Netflix is all set to bid farewell to its first ever original comedy. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, today, does not possess the capacity to create a lot of voice around its cancellation. But only a year ago, it was a show whose gags inspired several avant-garde farces to come to life. The last five episodes of the multiple time Emmy nominee and Gold Derby winner will arrive on Netflix this Friday.
Tina Fey Isn’t Over The Cancellation Of Her Great Sitcoms, And In All Honesty, Neither Are We
Executive Producer Tina Fey; however, isn’t very enthusiastic about her cult sitcom walking off to sunset. After all, Fey proved to be second time unlucky with the cancellation of her show. Earlier, in April 2018, NBC pulled the plug of her innovative newsroom sitcom ‘Great News’. And now its time to bid goodbye to yet another ambitious project.
In a recent interview with AV/ TV Club, Fey discussed in detail the development, social objectives and subsequent cancellation of her Netflix show. But most importantly, she talked about the creative liberties of transferring content from TV to digital streamers.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A One Of Its Kind Venture
For Fey, NBC’s decision of not airing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt began a phase of professional experiments. She was waived off limiting her telecast to 21 minutes. Moreover, the show’s popularity within a younger demographic mean that directly or indirectly, she would be able to create an impact. Since Kimmy came to Netflix in its early days, it did not have to battle out against viewership concerns for a massive amount of time. And during that time, the show was able to tell all the stories it came to tell.
Tina Fey Isn’t Over NBC Cancelling Great News
Talking about NBC axing Great News, Fey expressed tangible remorse.
‘We could’ve done the show for seven seasons’.
Despite a massive critical acclaim, NBC cancelled the show owing to low ratings. Fans later rallied to save the show, taking inspiration from Brooklyn’s last minute rescue. However, things did not exactly work out well. For Fey, the closure of Great News was a ‘heartbreak’. In fact, she tells that she could’ve kept her show consistently funny. “But it’s so hard to figure out what counts as a success on broadcast.” For Great News, the lack of social media jibber jabber proved evidently inauspicious.
Tina Fey also puts that at least with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt the final episodes feel like an ending. Although, she doesn’t rule out the odds of assembling the same characters for telling a fresh story.