"When you look at the nominated shows, the range of what people have to absorb as half-hour comedies is incredible," says "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" co-creator Robert Carlock. During our recent webchat (watch below), he talks candidly about the seven Emmy nominations for the freshman season of his show, "We didn't have any expectations. We felt like we were doing good work and have a great cast. It was very gratifying to get some recognition and be in the conversation with those others shows."
Besides a Best Comedy Series bid, it reaped nominations for Tituss Burgess (supporting actor), Jane Krakowski (supporting actress), Jon Hamm (guest actor), and co-creator Tina Fey (guest actress). Carlock was an executive producer on "30 Rock," a show that won the series race for each of its first three seasons (2007-2009).
Ellie Kemper plays the title character, a young woman rescued from a doomsday cult who starts a new life in New York City. She shares an apartment with a struggling actor (Burgess) and works as a nanny for a self-centered socialite (Krakowski).
Of this somewhat dark storyline, Carlock reveals, "We often talked about her as a Disney princess, and we start with her waking up. When you go through it, really bad things happen to Disney princesses. Their voices get stolen, and they get put to sleep for thousands of years, and their step-mothers are always trying to kill them. Our heroine is the princess, and what happens when she wakes up? What would be the fun of watching a show of her in the dungeon? Let's get to New York as fast as we can to start her life and revisit that other stuff in hindsight."
Carlock is also nominated for Best Variety Special Writing for his work alongside Fey, Amy Poehler and others on the 72nd Golden Globes ceremony. He was also a writer for "Saturday Night Live" from 1996 to 2001 and has 17 Emmy nominations to date.
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