‘Unbreakable’ fans, get ready to Schmidt your pants — co-creator Robert Carlock told me the answers to everything we’re dying to know about season 2, and oh, is it going to be good.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt doesn’t return to Netflix until April 15, and if you’re like me, then you’ve had nothing to go on save for wonky set photos and vague tidbits here and there. At long last, I have been appeased by further info, thanks to catching up with series co-creator and head writer Robert Carlock at the 68th Annual Writers Guild Awards in NYC, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Here are five exclusive, juicy things to know about the next season!
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1. Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) gets her dream job.
By now, you’ve definitely seen the photos of Kimmy in an elf costume (if not, see above), and Robert confirmed to me that she’ll be putting in time as a Christmas store employee starting in Episode 2. “It’s the year of Christmas that never gets to Christmas,” he said. “Kimmy does, very early, get her dream job, which is working at a year-round Christmas store. She can’t believe such a thing exists, where it’s Christmas every single day. It’s so perfect for her, and seeing her walk down the street in that elf costume was a very nice way to start the year.” I am SO ready for Kimmy the Elf.
2. Co-creator Tina Fey returns as a new character.
There have also been set photos of a drunk Tina Fey circulating the interweb, so of course I had to ask about that. “There’s not much I can say about Drunk Tina, except that this was a role we had talked about last year. It’s not necessarily the same character [lawyer Marcia Clark] you saw her play in season 1,” Robert revealed. He joked that different hair is involved this time: “It’s her actual hair — it was a wig last year. Now she’s using her own lustrous, beautiful hair. The wig went from SNL to 30 Rock as one of Liz Lemon’s flashback wigs, then they restyled it. That wig — we need to find a next use for it now that Marcia wore it. Should’ve put it in the [OJ Simpson] movie.” HA.
3. Kimmy’s going to learn a lot of lessons, and she’ll have more time to do it thanks to longer episodes.
At the end of last season, we saw Kimmy head back to her hometown to face the music, and it was the most emotional we saw her all season. “This season is about Kimmy continuing that big journey that she’s on, and dealing not only with so many tangible things in the world that she hasn’t dealt with, but also having to keep going back and dealing with the stuff that’s going on in her past,” Robert said. “She thinks she can just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and that she’s got closure, and obviously with what she went through and with how strong she is, she has to keep learning a lot of new lessons about herself.” Season 2’s episodes will be around 27 minutes long on average, with a 33-minute finale — plenty of time for Kimmy and Co. to work things out. Yes!
4. The plotline with Titus’ estranged wife, Vonda, will be addressed right away.
By the time I asked this, Robert was probably exhausted from my prying. “You’ve got to watch these things!” he told me. Duh, of course I will. “Titus’ wife…when we started the show, the idea is that every single one of these characters is trying to escape from some kind of prison, and Titus thinks that — as we learned at the end of season 1 — that running away from that life is his escape. Titus isn’t entirely right, because he did a bad thing, and he’s got to face up to that and the wrath of Vonda,” Robert shared. “He’s got to get out of the cage of his own self-delusions, which is what this season is about as well, and he ends up in a fun place.” Can’t wait!
5. “Pinot Noir” fans, rejoice: there will be tons more music this season, plus a UKS soundtrack!!
“There’s a lot of singing in this season,” Robert tells me. “Jeff Richmond does all our music. There should be — there will be [a score]. I think Jeff has mentioned that, because there’s an episode where he wrote half a dozen fake songs from the Great American Songbook, “Little Known Songs From The Great American Songbook”, that score that episode and Titus sings them. A lot to look forward to.” Ugh, season 2 is oh-so-close and yet so far…
— Kimmy Schmidt (@KimmySchmidt) January 28, 2016
HollywoodLifers, will you watch season 2 of UKS? Tell me what it is about the next season that you’re most excited for!