Kemper plays a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. NBC had ordered 13 episodes; Netflix has committed to two seasons.
"When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said. "While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy midseason schedule so we're thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone."
Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix, said: “The very construct of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' — its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling — make it a perfect Netflix comedy series."
And Fey and Carlock said in the Netflix announcement that they were "thrilled to have the opportunity to debut 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place for distinctive, original programming. Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix's two-season order."
The "30 Rock" veterans added, "We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper's shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix."