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'Kimmy Schmidt' provides refuge from broken politics
Published in 14-4-2016
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The first season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," with Kemper igniting the title role, dazzled viewers with its loopy, big-hearted humor when its 13 episodes were unleashed by Netflix last March. The 13 new episodes continue the tale of Kimmy, a plucky, wide-eyed believer who has taken up residence in New York City after her rescue, back at the series' start, from 15 years of imprisonment by an Indiana doomsday prophet. Kimmy continues her adventures with her flat-mate, a flamboyant musical-star wannabe (played by Tituss Burgess), a dotty landlady (Carol Kane) and a fallen socialite (Jane Krakowski), who, having been discarded by her wealthy husband, is comically struggling to keep up plush appearances. In the hands of "30 Rock" creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, "Kimmy Schmidt" carries on the daffy ethos of their smashing first success, but with a welcome added element: its cockeyed optimism. Over coffee near the Greenwich Village apartment she shares with her husband, writer Michael Koman, she is a vision of red hair, caramel eyes and that radiant smile displayed with generosity. [...] her occasional ire serves as a potent reminder that anger doesn't have to be life's prime motivator - a message that flies in the face of a political season when anger is the native currency and fear is fetishized by candidates. When there have been challenges in my own personal life - it sounds really sappy - I do think, 'How would Kimmy approach this?' I think she has a resilience and a tenacity that is beyond admirable.
Reference: www.chron.com