So Celebrity Big Brother is gracing our screens for its 15th season or should we say …
I never watched 30 Rock – I am half and half about Tina Fey – and I love Ellie Kemper.
Ellie Kemper was enough to make me want to watch Tina’s Feys new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show was bought by NBC – it was brought to upfronts (where Networks show off their new show lineups) and it was most of the way through its production on its episodes. It was to be a mid season replacement. But NBC changed it minds, whether it was from the producers of the show or the network itself. It decided to sell off the rights to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Netflix. Maybe it was because NBC – a former comedy juggernaut – wasn’t as well known for its comedies anymore (Parks and Recreation was the last in its comedy Thursdays, but was finishing this year). Maybe there wasn’t a decent place for the network to slot Kimmy into. Either way, NBC’s loss was Netflix’s gain – who bought up the show and commissioned it for a second season instantly.
So on Saturday 14th March, with nothing better to do, I sat down to my Netflix account and started to watch the show. Then another, then another – before I knew it I was eleven episodes deep and it was 3.30 in the morning. Yes, the show is good, that damn good.
The basic premise of the show is about Kimmy Schmidt. A former cult member who has lived underground for 15 years, with only one man, and three other women for company. She was “taken” in 8th grade – which works out to about 14 years old. She is a small town girl, and one who for the most part is still very upbeat about life. The cult plays a small part in the back half of the series, but isn’t the main focus. It is about Kimmy adjusting to life in the big city. Its your proverbial small fish in a big pond.
Ellie Kemper plays the lead character, who is very much like her character Erin in the American Office. A woman who has childlike innocence about her. She gives a very strong performance throughout as the woman who won’t let her past define her and tries her best to lead a normal life. Most of the first episodes have quite a feminist message behind them with her standing up for not only herself, but her friends.
The show is so new, I wouldn’t want to spoil anything – but in saying that, I highly recommend you watch the show. For such a dark subject matter to begin with, the show is vibrant, light and full of colours – all spearheaded by Ellie Kempers charming performance.
I sit here 2 days after it has come out – show finished – ready to binge watch it again, and wait patiently for the second season.
And seriously, that theme tune though.