Netflix is becoming kind of known for swooping in and rescuing cancelled series, but the situation involving Tina Fey's new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a bit different, as this half-hour comedy about a doomsday cult escapee wasn't technically cancelled by NBC and hasn't even aired yet.
Ellie Kemper needs to be the star of a TV comedy. People tried to make that happen earlier this year with a pilot called Brenda Forever, but NBC eventually passed on it when it came time to start ordering pilots to series. Fortunately, NBC’s still interested in Kemper, apparently as The Office actor is set to star in a new comedy from 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and just to ensure that this one will actually happen, NBC’s ordering the untitled project straight to series.
Last winter, prospects for Ellie Kemper to find work after The Office seemed pretty great. The actress was busy putting together a pilot called Brenda Forever and she had numerous guest stints on her plate. However, NBC hasn’t moved forward with Brenda Forever at this juncture, and Kemper won’t even be popping up in that highly-touted episode of How I Met Your Mother we told you about just last month. Now, she’s being replaced by Pitch Perfect actress Anna Camp.
It’s hard to believe that How I Met Your Mother is gearing up for its final season on CBS. The long-running comedy has a few epic events in store for fans in the season after the show has finally given us a sneak peek at the mother. The entire season will span the length of Robin and Barney’s wedding and a few big names have already signed on to be a part of the epic event. Now, The Office’s Ellie Kemper has signed on to guest star in one of the final season episodes of the hit show.
Days ahead of the start of the major network upfronts, NBC has made a bit more room in their 2013-2014 line-up by deciding not to renew their freshman soap Deception for a second season. And from the sound of it, they won't be filling the space with another primetime soap, as the Peacock has reportedly passed on the modern-day Hatfields & McCoys drama that was in contention among the pilots in development this season.
The Office is very close to ending its lengthy run, and many of the actors and actresses involved with NBC’s comedy have already tied their sails to new projects. Brenda Kemper has signed on for the lead in NBC’s Brenda Forever pilot, but apparently, she still has the time to do voicework for Fox’s comedy, American Dad.
It seemed impossible that anyone could come into Dunder Mifflin and properly fill Pam's vacated reception chair. And then Ellie Kemper's Erin showed up, sweet, vulnerable and somehow sadly hilarious as she was, she managed to fill a gap among the staff and within the comedy that we never knew existed. With the series wrapping up, it wouldn't be especially surprising to learn that Kemper might be ready to pursue more feature roles, especially when you consider the success of some of the recent films in which she's appeared (Bridesmaids, 21 Jump Street).