Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 5 will stream on Netflix after all, in a sense.
As previously-announced, the comedy-drama will conclude its run after four seasons (split in two parts) in 2019.
However, co-showrunner Robert Carlock says the second half of Season 4 is essentially a shortened fifth season, per THR:
“We came into the season not necessarily thinking that [Season 4B could play as an abbreviated Season 5]. But in the past few months, we’ve been thinking that [the series] is heading toward its conclusion.”
“We were never quite sure what the life of the show wanted to be. When we split up this fourth season into kind of a fourth and a fifth — just in the boring, most practical way, you could think of them as two short seasons — one wouldn’t be coming out until 2019, so it just felt like the right time to pull up stakes since we were kind of pushing ourselves into next year.”
Netflix cancelled Kimmy Schmidt just weeks before the release of Season 4. However, Carlock believes the show has enough time to deliver a proper ending, while leaving the door open to a movie finale:
We now have a shorter runway than we originally thought we would and don’t want to overstuff it and rush it. And there are things that I think would be fun to hold off for kind of a big epic finale in feature form.”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4A is now streaming on Netflix, with the final episodes to stream in 2019.
Are you sad Kimmy Schmidt is ending soon? Did you want a fully fledged fifth season? Hoping for a spinoff series or movie release?