Netflix found themselves with a curious sort of hit with the Black Mirror "Bandersnatch" episode, which allowed viewers to make decisions with their remotes that would affect how the story played out. It was revolutionary television, even if it was at times a bit frustrating and uneven at times. I still found myself watching multiple times to see the different outcomes.
Now, Netflix is coming back with another interactive special, this time revolving around Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The Ellie Kemper led series has already concluded its run on the streaming giant, but that doesn't mean the show is done forever, right?
New ways to tell a story can mean new life for a show. Here's series co-creator Tina Fey with more on the new special:
We're thrilled to announce that we're about to start production on an all-new Interactive Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special, set to debut on Netflix in 2020. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of the first original comedy series on Netflix, and now it will be its first interactive comedy event. Fans will be able to make choices on behalf of our characters, taking different story paths with, of course, different jokes. I think it's a great fit for our show and will be a great way to officially complete the series.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of those shows that breaks me at least once an episode, with some of the best comedic performances on television. With an ensemble cast including Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane, the show managed to combine long-form comic storytelling with some truly bizarre theater of the mind scenarios.
The show has been nominated for 18 Primtime Emmy Awards since it debuted on Netflix in 2015. The new Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive special will debut sometime in 2020.
There is no word yet on how absurd the options for the story will be, but I'm willing to bet it's going to get way out there.