So Tina Fey and fellow 30 Rock producer Robert Carlock have a new show coming to Netflix in March. Here’s the description Netflix offers:
From “30 Rock” executive producers, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.
And here’s the ebullient trailer.
- Tina Fey produced one of the best film comedies out there–Mean Girls–which centers around a girl who is homeschooled in Africa and then gets dropped into public school to learn the rules of high school society. I see, at least in the premise, some similarities here. Instead of Africa, Kimmy has been stuck in a bomb shelter waiting out the apocalypse. This is arguably a MUCH funnier set-up for the fish-out-of-water story. When she and her sisters are discovered, she makes her way to New York, finds a sassy gay roommate, and gets a job as a mean girl’s nanny–played by the wonderful Jane Krakowski. I am definitely all in for a more adult Mean Girls told to me in 13 episodes. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!
- Ellie Kemper is just outright joyously bubbly. When a construction worker yells at her that he’d like to be her jeans, her sincere response of, “And I wish I was your yellow hat!” is outright brilliant–like in the “brightly lit” sense of the word. There are energy vampires in the world. She’s the opposite–spilling her own energy in a massive spray over everything on the screen. I could use more of that in my ever-exhausted life.
- The trailer is funny. Clearly and immediately funny. With 30 Rock and Parks and Rec over and done, I think our world needs Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more than we know. And I’m grateful that I won’t have to make the Hulu Plus app work to watch it on my television.