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Vulture WatchWill the Peacock Network give fans some good news? Has the Great News TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Great News season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?A sitcom airing on the NBC television network, Great News stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, and Tracey Wigfield. The series follows 30 year old Katie Wendelson (Heelan). Bright, determined, and resourceful, Katie is a news producer on The Breakdown, a national cable news show out of Secaucus, New Jersey, but feels like her career trajectory has stalled. »
Executive producer Tina Fey will guest star in the second season of her Great News TV show on NBC. The workplace comedy series was renewed for season two, on May 11th. A family sitcom, Great News stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, and Tracey Wigfield. The NBC series follows 30 year old Katie Wendelson (Heelan), a news producer on The Breakdown, a national cable news show. Wigfield created the comedy and executive produces along with Fey and Robert Carlock. Read More… »
It helps to be in Tina Fey's world.
The triple-threat writer, actress, and producer is building a bona fide comedy empire, and followers of her prolific body of work have become accustomed to seeing some familiar faces amid the ensembles and guest-starring roles.
Watch: Alec Baldwin Reflects on First Time He 'Fell in Love' With Tina Fey: She Was 'Completely Uninterested in Me'
Following her success on Saturday Night Live, Fey expanded her TV world with 30 Rock, on which she played the flappable sketch show writer Liz Lemon, as well as Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Emmy-winning series starring Ellie Kemper as a woman reclaiming the years she lost spent kidnapped in an underground bunker. (The Netflix series is returning for its third season on Friday, May 19.) And with the 46-year-old comedian's latest series, Great News, the local news comedy created by former 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield and executive produced by Fey currently airing on NBC »
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Network | NBC
Created By | Tracey Wigfield
Number Of Episodes | 10
Episode Length | 30 mins.
Premise | Katie Wendelson (Ground Floor‘s Briga Heelan) is an up-and-coming cable news producer whose professional and personal lives collide when her mother (Difficult People’s Andrea Martin) scores an internship on her show, The Breakdown. »
NBC’s volume of new series orders for the 2017-18 season has dropped considerably compared to the past few years. NBC has ordered four new dramas and two comedies for the coming campaign — and that’s just fine by NBC leaders.
“For us going into (planning) for this season we just knew that with all the shows beginning to stick in a big way we knew we were not having great needs,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Sunday on a conference call with reporters. “Two years ago we made 20 or 22 pilots. This year we made 12. It wasn’t like we looked at 10 pilots and said, ‘Oh my god, we’re in trouble. We backed into this level of development very strategically. We couldn’t be happier with our development.”
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke added that NBC’s ratio of pilots to series orders was strong. “We did six drama pilots and picked up four. We »
- Cynthia Littleton
Good news for fans of Great News. Today, NBC announced they've renewed the TV show for a second season, Variety reports.From Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the comedy follows Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), an ambitious cable news producer whose mother ends up interning at her workplace. The cast also includes Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, and Tracey WigfieldRead More… »
NBC has renewed freshman comedy “Great News” for a second season, Variety has learned. Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes.
Created by Tracey Wigfield, “Great News” hails from executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The sitcom is set in the world of television news, centering around an up-and-coming news producer, played by Briga Heelan, who finds herself dealing with a new intern — her mother, played by Andrea Martin.
The Season 2 renewal comes as only six episodes of the series have aired. The midseason show has been airing twice per week, back-to-back, since its Apr. 25 debut. NBC’s other freshman sitcom “Trial & Error” has also been airing back-to-back double episodes each week, and awaits a decision on its second season, though insiders say a sophomore renewal is expected.
The show has not been a ratings breakout, suffering a drastic decline between weeks 1 and 2. It is currently averaging a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers midway through its »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The power of in-house A-list producers. NBC has renewed its softly rated new midseason comedy series Great News, executive produced by Tina Fey. As a midseason entry, it has received a 13-episode Season 2 pickup. Great News, created/executive produced by 30 Rock alumna Tracey Wigfield and exec produced by 30 Rock EPs Fey and Robert Carlock, has been a shaky ratings performer behind The Voice on Tuesday, with a decent 1.2 and 1.0 adults 18-49 Live +7 rating for the… »
NBC has renewed freshman comedy “Great News” for a 13-episode second season, the network announced Thursday. “Great News” follows Katie (Briga Heelan), an up-and-coming news producer, who finds out her overbearing mom (Andrea Martin) has rejoined the workforce as an intern at the station where Katie works. The cast includes Adam Campbell, Kimrie Lewis-Davis, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie and Horatio Sanz. Read More See Tina Fey's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 1536 “30 Rock” writer Tracey Wigfield serves as writer and executive producer. Fey, Robert Carlock and David Miner »
- Linda Ge
It's great news for NBC's Great News.
The freshman comedy, which has aired for only three weeks, has nabbed an early season two renewal. The single-camera comedy will return for 13 episodes — up three from its first run.
Created by 30 Rock grad Tracey Wigfield, the Universal Television project had help from The Voice during its first two episodes, opening to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers, and holding steady with a 1.0 in the demo in its second and third outings. The series about a woman (Briga Heelan) whose mother (Andrea Martin) interns at »
- Lesley Goldberg
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and TV critic Sonia Saraiya talk with the executive producers of NBC’s new comedy “Great News,” Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield. Then, Nicole Richie chats with Birnbaum about her role as Portia, the co-anchor of the news show at the center of the sitcom.
“I knew I wanted to do a show about my mom and my relationship with my mom,” says Wigfield, who started her career as an assistant working with Fey and Robert Carlock on “30 Rock.” “I pitched them this idea about a mom who gets an internship working in her daughter’s newsroom. Another great thing about working with Tina and Robert was they knew my mom, whether they wanted to do or not.”
- Debra Birnbaum
Here at Et, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of May 1 to May 7, this is what we're most excited about:
Why We're Obsessed With '2 Dope Queens'
Just over a year ago, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson premiered their podcast, 2 Dope Queens -- shaking up the comedic podcast world with a show that is full of "black girl magic." If you're not listening to this already, you need to start now (it’s a good laugh, we promise). The show -- now in its third season -- is as unapologetic as its hosts, combining live stand-up and intimate conversations between the two queens off-stage. The hour-long episodes are taped live weekly at Union Hall in Brooklyn, New York, where the two are joined by special guests including Nore Davis, Aparna Nancherla, and more recently, Gabrielle Union, with season three kicking off with Jon Hamm. And if you »
Compared to its golden era of must-see TV, NBC does not currently have a very big comedy slate. And although The Good Place and Superstore have already been renewed, new sitcom Trial & Error's Nielsen numbers are on the tepid side. Meanwhile, Powerless finds itself at the bottom of the television ratings barrel, and is likely to be cancelled. Will Great News spell good news for the Peacock Network? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.A family and workplace comedy series, the Great News TV show stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, and Tracey Wigfield. The NBC TV series follows 30 year old Katie Wendelson (Heelan). Bright, determined, and resourceful, Katie is a news producer on The Breakdown, a national cable news show out of Secaucus, New Jersey, but feels like her career trajectory »
NBC last night debuted a new single-camera workplace comedy series set behind the scenes of a TV show from the 30 Rock team of Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Tracey Wigfield. The comedy opened with a 1.2 adults 18-49 Live+Same Day rating at 9 Pm and 1.0 in 9:30 Pm, following The Voice (1.8, even with last week). That is on par with the 1.2 and 1.1 demo L+Sd ratings Trial & Error, which is in serious consideration for renewal, had in its time slot premiere in the hour behind… »
“Great News” got off to a respectable start on NBC Tuesday night, with back-to-back episodes of the series winning their timeslots in adults 18-49.
The new comedy from executive producers Tracey Wigfield, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jack Burditt, and David Miner scored a 1.2 rating and 5.2 million viewers at 9 p.m. That puts it above the debut of fellow NBC comedy “Powerless” (1.1, 3.1 million) back in February, but below the debut of “Trial & Error” (1.4, 5.9 million) in March. The 9:30 p.m. episode of “Great News” dipped to a 1.0 and 4.3 million, according to Nielsen overnight data.
CBS aired mostly repeats for the night, except at 10 p.m., when it debuted “48 Hours: NCIS” (0.7, 5.3 million).
- Joe Otterson
Network: NBCEpisodes: Ongoing (half-hour)Seasons: OngoingTV show dates: April 25, 2017 — presentSeries status: Has not been cancelledPerformers include:TV show description: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, and Tracey Wigfield.A family and workplace comedy series, the Great News TV show follows 30-year-old Katie Wendelson (Heelan). Bright, determined, and resourceful, Katie is a news producer on The Breakdown, a national cable news show out of Secaucus, New Jersey, but feels like her career trajectory has stalled.Read More… »
Ten episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Created and written by 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield, NBC’s Great News is anything but “new” in its comedic format, but that’s not always a bad thing. In fact, that’s probably what the network was banking on.
It should be stated up front that Great News is weirdly unbalanced in its first few episodes (emphasis on weirdly), taking at least five instalments to settle into a worthwhile rhythm that lives up to the pedigree of its showrunners, and that’s a lofty standard. It will be quickly obvious to 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans that Tina Fey co-executive produced the show, lending it that same alternate reality of “bing” sounds and accompanying rapid-fire jokes that feel like rejected flash cards from a writer’s meeting for any one of the aforementioned shows by the same producers.
- Jon Negroni
No, that isn't beloved comedienne Andrea Martin in the video above sitting next to Great News creator Tracey Wigfield, though you're forgiven if you made the same mistake as we did. Rather, it's the woman who inspired Martin's character in the new NBC comedy—and the series itself—Wigfield's own mother, Kathy. And the resemblance is hilariously uncanny. Great News tells the story of Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a producer on a national cable news show, whose overly-involved mother Carol (Martin) decides it's never too late to follow your dreams and, after 30 years as a stay-at-home mom, lands herself an internship—on Katie's show. "I kind of got the idea because I »
After winning an Emmy as co-writer of the 30 Rock series finale, Tracey Wigfield returns to NBC as the creator of a single-camera comedy about a perpetually single woman working with a team of eccentrics behind the scenes on a television show.
Great News also sports Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and Jack Burditt as executive producers, so it isn't surprising that the 10-episode first season, sent in its entirety to critics, shares much of its comedic DNA with 30 Rock. It also isn't surprising that through those 10 episodes, Great News isn't instantly as good as one of the greatest »
- Daniel Fienberg
“Great News” may be the only sitcom on television to prominently feature admiration for Chico’s — yes, Chico’s, the mid-market mall staple aimed at slightly kooky older women. Carol (Andrea Martin), Katie (Briga Heelan)’s mother, is an avid connoisseur of Chico’s fashions. She also has a walking club and four closets full of quilts; she admires Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who she calls in her head “Old Christine.” She has a friend named Angie and another named Other Carol, and you’ll never believe what happened for Other Carol’s birthday: Two of her friends got her the exact same top from Chico’s, in two different colors. (We are informed that she’s going to keep them both.)
“Great News,” a slightly too zany workplace comedy where Carol comes to work with Katie as a senior-citizen intern, would be less effective if it weren’t for the affection with which creator Tracey Wigfield renders the »
- Sonia Saraiya
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