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A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Episode of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Is Coming to Your Netflix Queue

After the success of 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch', the streaming platform is getting into interactive content in a big way.
By Sarah Ward
May 12, 2019
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A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Episode of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Is Coming to Your Netflix Queue

After the success of 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch', the streaming platform is getting into interactive content in a big way.
By Sarah Ward
May 12, 2019
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If you liked choosing your way through Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix has more where that came from. At present, you can also tell Bear Grylls what to do in interactive series You vs. Wild, and soon you'll be able to decide what happens to everyone's favourite kidnapping victim turned wide-eyed New Yorker in a one-off Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special.

While the Tina Fey co-created, 18-time Emmy-nominated comedy finished up its regular run with this year's batch of episodes, which closed out the show's fourth season, it's coming back in 2020 to put viewers in control. While Netflix has actually been in the interactive game for a couple of years thanks to its children's shows like Puss in Boots, Buddy Thunderstruck and Stretch Armstrong, this'll mark the streamer's first interactive comedy.

Always wanted to curb Kimmy's (Ellie Kemper) enthusiasm? Keen to steer ex-socialite Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski) towards a few sensible decisions? Think that landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) could be more eccentric and misanthropic? Just love everything that aspiring actor and singer  Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) does? Then this is for you, obviously.

Details of the storyline haven't been announced, but "fans will be able to make choices on behalf of our characters, taking different story paths with, of course, different jokes," revealed Tina Fey in a Netflix statement. "I think it's a great fit for our show and will be a great way to officially complete the series," she continued.

Check out the trailer for the fourth season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt below:

As reported by Variety in March, with Bandernatch proving such a hit, Netflix is understandably eager to capitalise upon the branching narrative format's success. "We realised, wow, interactive storytelling is something we want to bet more on," said the platform's Vice President of product, Todd Yellin, at a conference in Mumbai. "We're doubling down on that. So expect over the next year or two to see more interactive storytelling. And it won't necessarily be science fiction, or it won't necessarily be dark. It could be a wacky comedy. It could be a romance, where the audience gets to choose — should she go out with him or him."

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's interactive special will hit Netflix at a yet-to-be-revealed date in 2020.

Image: Eric Liebowitz/Netflix.

Published on May 12, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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