Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s interactive special.
The series, which stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, has been a flagship comedy for Netflix, with 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations over its four seasons. After it was cancelled, there were rumours of a possible movie to bid farewell to the show properly. Now, that movie has become an interactive special.
The one-off event follows two other live-action interactive specials: Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch and You vs Wild, featuring Bear Grylls. Fans will be able to make choices on behalf of the show’s characters, taking different story paths with, of course, different jokes.
“I think it’s a great fit for our show and will be a great way to officially complete the series,” said its co-creator Tina Fey.
If the prospect of Kimmy heading across three states for an adventure wasn’t exciting enough, though, Netflix has now announced a surprise new casting addition: Daniel Radcliffe. He will play “Frederick” in the special, although nothing else is known about his character. Variety also reports that Kimmy’s kidnapper, the Rev. Dr. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) may make an appearance. Other returning cast will include Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane. The special will air on Netflix in 2020.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns for interactive Netflix special
9th May 2019
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will officially return to Netflix, but not as you know it. The comedy will get its own interactive special on the streaming platform, creator Tina Fey has announced.
The series, which stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, has built up a significant following over the years, with 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations to its name. It was sadly cancelled last year, though, by the streaming giant. Since the news that its fourth season was to be its last, there has been talk of a potential film to bid farewell to the show properly. Now, Netflix has revealed that instead of a movie, it’s going one step further to make its first interactive comedy special. The one-off event follows two other live-action interactive specials: Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch and You vs Wild, gesturing Bear Grylls.
Tina Fey, co-creator and EP of the show with Robert Carlock, said at an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt FYSEE panel in New York City last night: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’re about to start production on an all-new Interactive Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special, set to debut on Netflix in 2020. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of the first original comedy series on Netflix, and now it will be its first interactive comedy event. Fans will be able to make choices on behalf of our characters, taking different story paths with, of course, different jokes. I think it’s a great fit for our show and will be a great way to officially complete the series.”
Schmidt is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger, Inc., Bevel Gears, and 3 Arts Entertainment for Netflix. Other Executive Producers of the special include Jeff Richmond, Sam Means and David Miner.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to end with Season 4 and possible movie
4th May 2019
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end with Season 4, but may well lead to a follow-up movie.
Netflix’s comedy, which stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, follows a young woman who reclaims her life and starts over in New York, after escaping from a cult where she lived for 15 years. Created by Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond and David Miner, the show first began life at Universal before jumping ship to Netflix, where it has has become one of streaming service’s best comedies, boasting increasingly scene-stealing turns from Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane.
“Kimmy may be the one with her name in the title, but there’s no denying that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is now just as much about its supporting characters,” we wrote in our review of Season 3.
Season 4 earned a swift renewal from the streaming giant, but now, sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Kimmy’s fourth run will be her last. The good news is that the run will last some time, with Netflix releasing it in two parts to accommodating Fey launching her Mean Girls musical on Broadway – the first six episodes on 30th May, and the rest later this year. After that, we may still see Kimmy again, with THR reporting that there “are talks of doing a movie after it’s all done”.
Producers NBCUniversal and Netflix have not officially commented, but with Season 4’s first half released in time to qualify for Emmy consideration, the prospect of continuing the project in some form may well appeal – the series’ first three seasons have racked up an impressive haul of 16 Emmy nominations.
“Discussions of a potential wrap-up movie suggest that this is an ongoing conversation between the show and the streamer and not an abrupt move,” adds THR.