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  • Tom_Scavo
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    So here’s something that bothers me. As we all know, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally intended air on NBC, but NBC sold it to Netflix. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that it would have gotten terrible ratings had it actually aired on this network as a mid-season replacement – and would have probably been cancelled after the first season. 
    So my question is: Would it have fared as well as it did at the Emmys even if it had aired on NBC? Even if it already had been cancelled?
    I actually can’t imagine the show getting 7 Emmy nominations (including Best Comedy Series) if it hadn’t been bought by Netflix. Doesn’t this say something about how we perceive the quality of certain shows – being on Netflix or on a standard network?

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    jf123
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    It would have probably gotten renewed if it was on NBC, but it wouldnt get half the noms it would get, maybe a nom for Krakowski, Hamm, and Fey, but not Burgess and Series

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    KyleBailey
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    It would save NBC’s asses. Look at there terrible line ups. 2 comedies and they are on Fridays. I think it would have the same amout of teen fans that it has becuase teens are obsessed with their Netflix and make this show a big internet hit on tumblr and twitter but it would get the same 30 Rock treatment where it has so so ratings but enough critical love to keep it going. 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    First of all I think it would’ve been cancelled. Since we have no clue as to what the “ratings” for this were we really can’t tell, but the only way NBC would’ve kept this around was out of loyalty to Fey and they already did that to her once, I don’t think they would’ve done it again. I don’t know how many nominations it could’ve gotten had it been cancelled. The announcement would’ve come before the nominations so who knows…

    Taking that aside, I think that being on Netflix certainly forgave a lot of the errors in quality the show had, being able to watch it in such a short time and not on a weekly basis didn’t allow for people to loose interest or resent it for some of the unfunny things and bits it has. This plus the Fey/Carlock humor that certainly didn’t bring ratings for 30 Rock, would’ve gotten it cancelled on NBC. But on Netflix, I think people were able to enjoy it much more. 

    So maybe that’s one plus it had being on Netflix when it came to nominations. But I still think it would’ve gotten the same nominations (had it not been cancelled), it didn’t get that many difficult noms, the empty spots were right there waiting for a show like this. 

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    Atypical
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    On NBC, I think “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” would have been a one and done season show. Maybe Tina Fey-level goodwill would lead to a second season, but no one envisioned this as a ratings juggernaut. The shiny, buzzy Netflix brand did the show some huge favors at the Emmys where it could all be viewed at once without fixating on the show’s flaws week after week. I’m still baffled that it had the mojo to take down “The Big Bang Theory,” which is still one of the most watched and popular comedies on television. Comedy Series might have been a struggle on NBC. Ellie Kemper would still be out with Amy Poehler as the peacock’s top lead comedy actress horse. Tituss Burgess was the breakout star here, so I’ll go out on a limb and say that he would have still made it in. Same goes for Jane Krakowski in her amassed “30 Rock” momentum. No writing/directing nominations unless Fey and Carlock squeaked by for writing the pilot. Both Fey and Hamm getting in the guest acting categories? I think they would have been vulnerable. Let’s say they kept casting and lost stunt coordination. Down from 7 nominations to 3 nominations. If they came back for the second season, Kemper gets in to replace Poehler. Just can’t see the series nod happening in the poor state of NBC currently.

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    Handprintsandgoodgrips
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    #363546

    It would have probably gotten renewed if it was on NBC.

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    mikeboy898
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    This year is the first time in many years I’m not watching a comedy on NBC. Who the hell is charge of their comedy programming? Such a horrible line-up!

    We need more of The Office, Parks and Rec and 30 Rock types of shows. What happened?!

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    espnfan
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    First of all I think it would’ve been cancelled. Since we have no clue as to what the “ratings” for this were we really can’t tell, but the only way NBC would’ve kept this around was out of loyalty to Fey and they already did that to her once, I don’t think they would’ve done it again. I don’t know how many nominations it could’ve gotten had it been cancelled. The announcement would’ve come before the nominations so who knows…

    Taking that aside, I think that being on Netflix certainly forgave a lot of the errors in quality the show had, being able to watch it in such a short time and not on a weekly basis didn’t allow for people to loose interest or resent it for some of the unfunny things and bits it has. This plus the Fey/Carlock humor that certainly didn’t bring ratings for 30 Rock, would’ve gotten it cancelled on NBC. But on Netflix, I think people were able to enjoy it much more. 

    So maybe that’s one plus it had being on Netflix when it came to nominations. But I still think it would’ve gotten the same nominations (had it not been cancelled), it didn’t get that many difficult noms, the empty spots were right there waiting for a show like this. 

    Everything you said above and then some.  Forget about being cancelled at the end of it’s short season.  If this had aired on NBC as a mid-season comedy, UKS would have most likely been cancelled after two or three episodes and quickly forgotten about.  Along with the general public, I am sure voters would have forgotten about it and it possibly would have scored zero nominations. 

    Being sold to Netflix was the saving grace for UKS.  If that had not happened, I am pretty sure the show would have been quickly cancelled and long forgotten about.  Instead we are possibly looking at a prosperous and bright future for this show. 

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    rstang00
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    Forget about being cancelled at the end of it’s short season.  If this had aired on NBC as a mid-season comedy, UKS would have most likely been cancelled after two or three episodes and quickly forgotten about.  Along with the general public, I am sure voters would have forgotten about it and it possibly would have scored zero nominations. 

    Being sold to Netflix was the saving grace for UKS.  If that had not happened, I am pretty sure the show would have been quickly cancelled and long forgotten about.  Instead we are possibly looking at a prosperous and bright future for this show.

    Exactly this. And to NBC’s credit they made the right call to get rid of this as quickly as they did – it’s nearly unwatchable (save Krakowski/Kane). 

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    Jake
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    I’m not sure it would get cancelled. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are behind this and they bring many Emmys to NBC’s legacy for “30 Rock”. It wouldn’t be that easy to discount their follow-up project once it would get on the air.

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    Rinolo Twenty-two
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    It would’ve been cancelled, NBC (Nothing but cancellations). 

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