Netflix has renewed the critically-acclaimed comedy series from Universal Television Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a fourth season. The series stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane. Executive producers are Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond and David Miner. The Emmy nominated series is produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix.
Netflix didn't reveal how many episodes for Season 4 were ordered, but it will most likely be a 13-episode season, since the first three seasons have each spanned 13 episodes. Season 3, which debuted on May 19, featured guest stars such as Laura Dern, Daveed Diggs, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin and Maya Rudolph, with returning guest stars Fred Armisen, Anna Camp, Mike Carlsen, Josh Charles, David Cross, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm and Amy Sedaris, although it hasn't been confirmed if any of these cast members will be back in Season 4. The show, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, has had an unusual trajectory.
The show was first picked up by NBC, after Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's hit sitcom 30 Rock went off the air. The show was being eyed as a mid-season replacement or a summer series on NBC, but creator Tina Fey revealed in an interview that they didn't feel confident about the comedy, so they ultimately sold it to the Netflix streaming service, which gave it a two season order. The first season followed the title character (Ellie Kemper), who spent the past 15 years living with a cult before being rescued, deciding to start a new life in New York City, where she works for Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski) and finds a roommate in the enigmatic Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), along with a quirky landlady named Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane).
The second season continued Kimmy Schmidt's Big Apple adventures as she stops working for Jacqueline, getting a job at an all-year Christmas store and also as an Uber driver. The season also tackled a few interesting story lines such as Jacqueline taking on the NFL, trying to change the name of the Washington Redskins after embracing her Native American roots, while also revealing that series creator Tina Fey has been portraying Kimmy's therapist, and Lisa Kudrow is playing Kimmy's mother. The season ended with Tituss leaving the city, finding a job performing on a cruise line while Jon Hamm's Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne calling Kimmy to tell her they need to get a divorce.
When Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 returned last month, Kimmy found herself in an unfamiliar position with the Reverend back in her life. Titus returns from his cruise and auditions for an exciting new role, while Lillian has to break up with her boyfriend Robert Durst. Each season of the show has debuted just a bit later than the last, with Season 1 arriving in March 2015, Season 2 debuting in April 2016 and Season 3 premiering in May 2017, which could mean that a June 2018 premiere may be an accurate prediction for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4. With this new season now confirmed, hopefully we'll hear more about casting and new story details soon.