As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News
” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey
’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in. (She also co-stars in “Great News
,” as Beth, the rather intense meteorologist).
After a critically approved but less-than-buzzy first season, Wigfield & Co. are leaning into the likeness: Tina Fey
has joined the ensemble cast for seven episodes; series lead Katie
Wendelson (Briga Heelan
) is shifting into a mentor-mentee relationship with her new boss (played by Fey); the show is re-focusing on sharper topical storylines, and Chris Parnell
, a “30 Rock” favorite as Dr. Leo Spaceman, even drops by for a guest spot in Episode 2.
’ Review: Season 2 Is a Lean,