A few weeks ago, my wife & I binge watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s comedy based around Ellie Kemper, who took Pam Beasley’s job as the Dunder Mifflin secretary on The Office, as one of the Indiana Mole Women who was finally released from captivity and is now living in New York with her gay black bestfriend. The show was created by Tina Fey and original sold the show to NBC. NBC decided to sell it to Netflix because they couldn’t figure out how to market the show.
I count it as one of the many mistakes NBC has made of the last few years. Thursday night used to be the best night of comedy with The Office, 30 Rock, Community, & Parks and Rec. Now I don’t even know what shows are on NBC. It’s just another example of why cable is getting killed.
NBC and the rest of cable has to worry advertisers and scheduling conflicts where Netflix and now HBO could care less about those no issues. It’s made cable, especially, the Big Four dull in comparison to other options. Some of the best Shows are no longer available on cable.
NBC had a chance to change when they aired one of the most creative shows on TV, Community. The ended up chickening out and practically ruined a great show. At least they had to sense sell a show like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to a place like Netflix who understands how to let creative shows do their own thing.