Break out the Peeno Noir! ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ will be back in time for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards — but not all of it at first. Netflix announced Wednesday that Season 4 will be released in two parts: The first six episodes will drop Wednesday, May 30 — one day before the Emmy eligibility deadline — and the remaining episodes will be released later this year.
“Kimmy” star Jane Krakowski also delivered the big news on the “Today” show Wednesday morning.
“Because it has been so long, [Netflix] will release the first six episodes on May 30,” she said. “We’re going to shoot them and get them out as quickly as possible, so we didn’t have to make our fans and our audiences wait so long.”
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The Emmys’ “hanging episode” rule allows shows that haven’t aired their full seasons before the deadline to be eligible as long as the remaining episodes are released before nomination ballots are due. But it sounds like “Kimmy” will miss that deadline, which means its back half will be eligible next year.
Production on Season 4 had been delayed while creator Tina Fey and her composer-husband Jeff Richmond, who also composes, directs and produces “Kimmy,” worked on the upcoming “Mean Girls” musical. “Kimmy” had been shifting back its premiere date every season so far as well: Season 1 dropped March 6, 2015; Season 2, April 15, 2016; and Season 3, May 19, 2017.
Though Netflix has weaponized the all-at-once binge model, this is not the first time it has split up seasons of its shows. Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” released its first six episodes in August 2016, with the remaining five following in April 2017.
Netflix also deployed the last-minute Emmy-eligible drop with “House of Cards” last year, whose full season was released May 30, 2017. It received seven Emmy nominations last year.
“Kimmy” has earned 16 Emmy nominations for its first three seasons, including Best Comedy Series all three years, though it has yet to win an award.
Are you excited “Kimmy” will be back in time for the Emmys? Or is the split season hashbrown awful?