How 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' pulled off its incredible 'Lemonade' parody episode

Business Insider | 5/20/2017 | Jethro Nededog
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Spoilers below if you haven't watched episode two of the second season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," titled "Kimmy's Roommate Lemonades."

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" put a lot of consideration into its homage to Beyoncé's internet-breaking "Lemonade" album and film (or, if you prefer, "visual album").

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"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who has restarted her life in New York City after being held captive for 15 years by a crazy cult leader. Kimmy's over-the-top roommate is Titus (Tituss Burgess).

"Titus very rarely lets people see the real Titus and I think Kimmy is someone who gets to see that over the years," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" cocreator Robert Carlock recently told Business Insider. "A big goal for Titus this season is kind of taking that armor of fabulousness off, but not at the expense of the character and what he was going through."

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On the second season of the Netflix comedy, which debuts Friday, Titus hits a rough patch with his boyfriend Mikey (Mike Carlsen) and they end up breaking up. The show's producers knew that Titus would need to express his feelings about the relationship's end in an epic way.

"We asked ourselves how Titus would deal with this kind of thing," Carlock said. "He would have to express it with the fabulousness of Beyoncé. So in the same way that visual album told a story, we wanted to use it as a framework to tell Titus' similar journey. So to us that was his story in the episode and it wasn't going to be just a little copy of 'Lemonade.'"

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The show went all out. Cocreator Tina Fey wrote the episode and her husband,...
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