30 Rock fans, your salvation is almost at hand. Tina Fey and 30 Rock writer Robert Carlock are back with a new comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, debuting March 6 on Netflix — and you can get a taste of the rapid-fire brilliance right here, because we have a first look at the official trailer.
The Office's Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy, a naïve young girl who's rescued from an Indiana doomsday cult where she spent 15 years cut off from society in an underground bunker. Now that she's free, she's heading to New York City, where she's thrilled to live in a cramped closet ("I will be very comfortable in here!") and slowly catching on to how much pop culture has changed in the past decade and a half: "Dancing is about butts now!"
Kemper's joined here by a pair of 30 Rock veterans: Tituss Burgess (who had a memorable turn as Angie Jordan's hairdresser pal D'Fwan) co-stars as Kimmy's aspiring-actor roommate, and the great Jane Krakowski plays a spoiled trophy wife who hires Kimmy to take care of her kids — and encourages Kimmy to land a man of her own before she's forced to marry "one of those off-brand Kennedys."
You might remember that Kimmy Schmidt was originally supposed to air on NBC this season. But when the Peacock Network got cold feet, Fey and Carlock asked for a chance to shop the show around, and Netflix swooped in with an offer. (And yes, binge-watchers: All 13 episodes of Season 1 will be available for streaming the day it debuts.)
At Netflix's Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, Fey told us the move to Netflix meant they were able to re-edit the show and add more jokes: "We went back and opened up the early episodes... we had jokes where we were like, 'Oh, I know that one joke, we only cut it for time.' So we put a few things back." And the even better news: When Netflix acquired Kimmy from NBC, they went ahead and picked it for a second season. So that means plenty more butt-dancing to come.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premieres Friday, March 6 on Netflix.