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Ellie Kemper Tells Ellen DeGeneres About Her Red Carpet Alter Ego

Here's a clip from today's Ellen DeGeneres Show with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper, who tells DeGeneres what it's like being an actor who no one seems to care about on the red carpet, except at a recent event where a lot of photographers got excited thinking she was "Anna." Thankfully Kemper decided to embrace her newfound fame as Anna rather than correct her new adoring fans.

Tina Fey's Show 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Is Moving from NBC to Netflix

Great news for Tina Fey fans: While Fox passed on Fey's show Cabot College, her NBC show starring Ellie Kemper is making a move to streaming. Deadline reports that the Fey and Robert Carlock-created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (previously titled Tooken) has now moved from NBC to Netflix with a two-season commitment. The first season will premiere on the streaming network in March 2015. Here's what NBC exec Robert Greenblatt said on the announcement:

"When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating [...]

'30 Rock's Tituss Burgess to Star Alongside Ellie Kemper in Tina Fey's NBC Series 'Tooken'

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are filling out the cast for Tooken, the new NBC sitcom they created that's been given a 13-episode order for the fall. Deadline reports that the show has added to its cast Tituss Burgess, who recurred on 30 Rock as D'Fwan, the flamboyant member of Tracy Jordan's wife's entourage. Burgess is the second actor to be added to the show since Ellie Kemper, who plays its lead.

Fey and Carlock will serve as showrunners on Tooken, which follows a woman named Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start over having a normal life in New York [...]

NBC Gives a Straight-to-Series Order to a Comedy Starring Ellie Kemper and Created by Tina Fey

It's pretty rare for a TV network to skip the pilot stage and order a new show straight to series, but NBC has ordered 13 episodes of a new comedy created by Tina Fey and starring Office alum Ellie Kemper, TV Line reports. Tentatively titled Tooken, Fey co-created the show with her 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock. It's a single-camera comedy that stars Kemper as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City, which sounds like a pretty ballsy and unique concept for a comedy. Like 30 RockTooken will also be filmed in New York City, making it one of [...]

Is That Ellie Kemper Dancing Behind You Right Now?

Well, Ellie Kemper is the actual bomb. When she appeared on Ellen earlier this week, she gave that dancing host a run for her money with a series of sneak dance attacks as part of the show's "Dance Dare" segment. She grooved on the set of The Office; she grooved behind Ellen Degeneres' mom. She grooved with a mouse; she grooved in a house. She grooved in a box; she grooved on a fox. Minus the last four things.

Here's the First Trailer for Tina Fey's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

The wait for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's NBC-turned-Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is almost over, and today the streaming network dropped the very first trailer, which features Ellie Kemper as a doomsday cult member-turned-New Yorker who is joined by 30 Rock alums Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess. All 13 episodes debut on Netflix March 6th; here's what Tina Fey said at TCA about re-editing the first season with streaming in mind:

The back half of these 13, we’ve edited them with Netflix in mind. At the very least, to not be writing toward commercial breaks and editing down to rigid network timing—a half hour [slot] on network is [...]

Ellie Kemper Tries to Break Out of a Future Prison on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

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Here's a D&D Short from 2006 Starring Ellie Kemper and Bobby Moynihan

Here's a web pilot called Critical Hit!, a D&D-themed series written and directed by UCB performer Kirk Damato starring Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Sue Galloway, and more that Damato began working on in 2006 but didn't finish until late 2013. In a Tumblr post, Damato was pretty honest about sitting on the project for multiple-year intervals: "It took a long time, but it's done. The weight is off my shoulders, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope in the future I don't let procrastination get the best of me." Better late than never.

'The Office's Ellie Kemper Might Star in the NBC Pilot 'Brenda Forever'

Ellie Kemper is circling a new project that could end up being her next job once The Office goes off the air in May. Deadline reports that Kemper has had informal talks with NBC about starring in a new pilot called Brenda Forever and that she's interested in the lead role. Kemper has become an in-demand actress in both TV and film, having recently played supporting roles in Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street and guest starred in The Mindy Project and NTSF:SD:SUV. Locking the busy actress down to the lead role in a new show would be a major coup for NBC. Written by Andrew Leeds and [...]

Did The Office Screw Up the Florida Arc?

When the episode “Special Project” ended, I was excited about the future of The Office for the first time all season. It felt like things were actually going to start happening, rather than the show's spending nearly half the season trying to convince us that new regional manager Andy Bernard needed to win over his co-workers. (He didn’t have to; they already liked him – I don’t want to think about the painful “Gettysburg” ever again.) To refresh your memory: in “Special Project,” which aired February 9, Andy tells Dwight that he needs to pick a team to go down to Tallahassee, Florida with him, to help launch [...]

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Premieres on Netflix March 6th

At TCA today, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos announced that Tina Fey's new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper is set to premiere on March 6th. Fey, Kemper, and producer Robert Carlock also spoke to critics at TCA today, and even though Fey refused to reveal some of the show's guest stars ("March 6th. You can see them all the same night"), in a new EW interview she all but confirmed that she'll appear in the show: "Uhhh, maaaaybe! The good thing is it’s on Netflix now, so you’d only have to wait one day. Fast forward through all of them and see if I appear." [...]

Watch Jim Gaffigan, Tony Hale, Jack McBrayer, and Ellie Kemper in "The Nobodies"

This week, UCB alums Dusty Brown and Greg Bratman released their new short "The Nobodies," which features the musical comedy duo alongside stars like Jim Gaffigan, Tony Hale, Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, and Tony winner Sutton Foster. According to Indiewire, the short evolved from Brown and Bratman's longtime UCB show The Barrel Brothers, which won Best Emerging Comedy Duo back in 2004. Brown and Bratman raised funds via Kickstarter last year to make "The Nobodies," which centers on Greg and Dusty as they "have to make a fantastical journey through their own identity crises. Neither one of these protagonists has a solid foundation when it comes to his approach [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'The Pete Holmes Show' Premieres, and NBC Orders 13 Episodes of a New Show from Tina Fey

-NBC ordered 13 epsiodes of a comedy starring Ellie Kemper and co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The show is tentatively called Tooken, and like 30 Rock, it will be filmed in New York City.

-TBS's post-Conan series, The Pete Holmes Show, premiered Monday. We talked to Holmes about making a more personal late night show.

-After 13 years, Tom Scharpling announced his beloved radio show/podcast The Best Show on WFMU is ending this December.

-Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in the upcoming biopic about his life.

-Marcia Wallace, the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons, sadly passed away last weekend. Her character will be retired.

 -We interviewed Aziz Ansari about [...]

Stephen Colbert, Ellie Kemper and Others to Bring Their Voices to 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'

Late next year we'll be treated to yet another adaptation of a beloved children's cartoon into a big budget computer animated movie with Mr. Peabody and Sherman. And while we'll have to wait and see if this one is less of a travesty than last year's Lorax, it at least has some pretty badass voice talent on board: Stephen Colbert, Ellie Kemper, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Modern Family's Ariel Winter have just signed on. They'll be joining Ty Burrell and Max Charles, who voice the titular characters. Look for it to drop next November 8th.