Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Unwatchable Kimmy Schmidt


Proof that not everything Tina Fey touches turns to gold, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a show that NBC was wise enough to identify as hyperactive incoherence, starring a cast split between intolerable and unlikable, and then ditch.

NBC's loss was Netflix's... er, pickup after the show was found abandoned in a New York alley. It should have been buried in the underground bunker where Kimmy and her three co-abductees (oh, sorry, spoiler alert etc.) were hidden for years.

Fey, whose hand guided the show's creation, tried to clone 30 Rock without anyone realizing she was cloning 30 Rock: Kimmy is Liz Lemon and Tracy Jordan, her roommate Titus is Tracy Jordan and Jack Donaghy, and Jaqueline Voorhees is Jenna Maroney—an easy stretch since both Jacqueline and Jenna are played by the 5% funny Jane Krakowski, whose best work happened 15 years ago on Ally McBeal.

Only two episodes in, we are out. Don't expect Emmy nominations for Best Comedy out of this turkey that's best viewed with foam plugs jammed firmly into your ears and a good book on your iPad to distract you until the pain passes.

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