8:58am PT by Hilary Lewis
New 'Kimmy Schmidt' Trailer Teases a New Man, Therapy and Catchphrases Galore
After a quick trailer that featured Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski strutting their stuff against a white backdrop, Netflix has finally released a trailer featuring new footage from the second season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
In the preview for the Tina Fey- and Robert Carlock-created series, Kimmy (Kemper) appears to get a new job as an elf at a year-round Christmas store and reunites with Krakowski's Jacqueline, who dispenses what she calls a trademarked catchphrase. There are more memorable quips and sayings in the trailer, which also features Kimmy meeting another man, starting therapy and singing about a video featuring a cat and a bunny.
Kimmy Schmidt's highly anticipated second season starts streaming on April 15.
At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Fey and the show's stars said Kimmy Schmidt would go deeper in its latest set of episodes.
"She grapples with some pretty heavy life stuff in this season," Kemper said. While the first season involved Schmidt catching up on 15 years of news and pop-culture phenomena after being trapped in a bunker, she now has "deeper emotional and life issues that she kind of has to really get into, and that’s more what this season is about," Fey said.
The second season is also expected to introduce Kimmy's mother.
"What I know about her is that she wore short skirts and maybe wasn't the most attentive mother, so it might be a sad revelation who the mother was," Kemper told The Hollywood Reporter. "[Kimmy] didn’t really have a family to go back to, so I'm interested to know who that mom will be. I have a feeling whatever sadness is there will be dealt with a humorous way."
As for Titus (Burgess), he'll enter into a grown-up relationship, self-produce a one-man play and have an additional "small-scale opportunity" at the end of the season, it was revealed during Kimmy Schmidt's TCA panel.
"He is far, far away from the type of fame that he thinks he's deserving of," Burgess said.
As for Jacqueline, Krakowski said she's trying to find out who she is.
"Jacqueline is definitely trying to come to learn what her life is now that she's no longer Mrs. Voorhees. … [She's] trying to stand on her own two feet," said Krakowski. "They've given her a wonderful opportunity to grow into a more fully formed human being this season, and I think she really does have a great understanding of what the world is about by the end of the season."
Kimmy Schmidt's second season is the first one made entirely for Netflix after the series was originally created for NBC but moved to the streaming service. The show has already been renewed for a third season.
Even though Netflix gives the Kimmy Schmidt creative team the freedom to write without worrying about commercials and to include more adult subject matter, Fey has said the show won't change much tonally, and while episodes will run a bit longer, an average of 27 minutes each, she and the writers still factor in "imaginary act breaks."
The critically acclaimed series was nominated for a number of awards for its first season, with the show also becoming a hot topic on social media.