Martin Short’s plastic surgeon character on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt […] is hard to look at for too long. His face is swollen, his posture is reminiscent of Igor from Young Frankenstein, and his skin color is not so much tan as it is microwave-burned. Dr. Franff seems like a wholly original creation, but he actually looks a lot like famed celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt, who was found dead at his home on Sunday, and some are blaming Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. – Josh Kurp, UPROXX
Tina Fey’s new comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was rejected by NBC, which commissioned it. That turned out to be excellent news, because the show wound up on Netflix. Netflix doesn’t have a Standards and Practices division. The networks’ inability to think outside of their cramped and fearful mindspace, in which the overarching concern is to refrain from being interesting lest the advertisers get spooked, is why they’re becoming as irrelevant as the VCR. – Kyle Smith, New York Post
Unfortunately, shows are increasingly being denied this room to grow. Audiences—and networks—are abandoning most new network sitcoms quickly, sometimes after only an episode or two. And unless they have the benefit of another hit show as a lead-in to entice in audiences the way the terrific Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat did this season with the help of Modern Family, they’re often doomed before they even begin. As Kimmy, Kemper’s bubbly enthusiasm is infectious (“I’m having candy for dinner!”), and the series, like Fey’s 30 Rock before it, is packed with brilliant throwaway lines and Easter eggs. Still, even this promising upstart will need plenty of TLC to thrive. – Jason Lynch, Quartz
The premise: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who was kidnapped as a pre-teen by the leader of a very small doomsday cult, is freed at the age of 29 and thrust into the media spotlight for a hot second. Rather than go back to her old life in Indiana — because what’s left to do there, aside from finish the eighth grade? — she decides to reclaim her life and stick it out in New York City, finding a place to live thanks to new roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) and something resembling employment thanks to uber-rich New York wife and mother Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski). – Liz Shannon Miller, indieWIRE
On the heels of the debut of Marco Polo, the streaming service has renewed the adventure series, […] Daredevil, the first series in Netflix’s four-series Marvel package, will launch globally on April 10. […] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which recently migrated from NBC to Netflix with a 2-season order, will debut on March 6. Family drama Bloodline, from the creators of Damages, will unspool on March 20. The Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin comedy Grace and Frankie, from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, will premiere on May 8.
On the kids side, Puss in Boots will premiere Jan. 16, Ever After High, based on the popular books, will debut on Feb. 6, followed by the second season of Mako Mermaids on Feb. 13. – Nellie Andreeva & Lisa de Moraes, Deadline Hollywood
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s first show since they made 30 Rock together, was supposed to be coming to NBC this Spring. That is, until tonight: Netflix just announced that it has picked up the show for two seasons and will premiere the 13-episode season this March in all Netflix territories. – Ross Miller,The Verge