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UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Cast, Producers Talk Season 2 and ‘Pinot Noir’

July 28, 2015 by  

Credit: Netflix

Credit: Netflix

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT will return in 2016 for a second season. And while the show will remain on Netflix for its sophomore year, this will be the first season where the season was crafted while everyone knows it’ll air on the streaming site. (Originally, the series was set to air on NBC before they opted not to air it and Netflix stepped in.)

“I think the tone of the show feels set,” co-creator Tina Fey told reporters at the show’s Television Critics Association panel. She noted people have told her they watch the show with their teens/tweens, so to alter it now would jeopardize that.

But there is one freedom the producers are thrilled to have: flexible run times. Network needs had their original season 1 cuts coming in at 20 minutes and 15 seconds, and Fey noted it would often take two days to shave the episodes down to that length. Now, they’ll have the freedom to go beyond that.

“I think it will be very enjoyable for us,” she said. “We have to be our own guides so we don’t get too fat [in time] or slow.”

For the stars, one of the perks of being on Netflix is getting to launch the entire season at once, which felt “a bit like opening night,” Jane Krakowski (Jacqueline) said. “We made the pure product that [the writers] had in mind.”

As fans discovered the show in season 1, a key moment resonated strongly with many: Titus’ (Tituss Burgess) viral song, “Pinot Noir.”

And though fans approach Burgess about the song, “I don’t get asked to sing it as much as people sing it for me,” he shared. And, as a bonus, he noted people send him bottles of wine often now. “I’ve been drunk since the show aired!”

As the show looks towards its second season, Kimmy will have some struggles ahead of her.

“We knew this character had so much growth in her, it made sense to make [season 1] a longer arc with the reverend,” co-creator Robert Carlock shared. “One of the fun challenges of the show is not letting Kimmy stop being Kimmy…season 2 is about her continuing to open up to the world.”

“Just because we ended season 1 with the trial…some new obstacles might present themselves,” Fey added. “[And] Dong is not entirely out of her life.”

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