One way or another, this was going to be a great week for comedy writer Tracey Wigfield. Today, May 21, she is getting married to fellow comedy writer Adam Countee, whom she met while they were working together on The Mindy Project. But that turned out to be the second life-changing event for Wigfield this week. On Monday, May 16, NBC presented its schedule for next season that included new midseason comedy series Great News, which Wigfield created.
Executive produced by Wigfield’s mentor Tina Fey, Great News was Wigfield’s first pilot. This is the duo’s second collaboration to score big — in 2013, they co-wrote the series finale of Fey’s 30 Rock, which earned them an Emmy Award. The NBC comedy was Wigfield’s first writing job.
As she was planning her wedding this spring, Wigfield worked on her pilot. And as if the stress of impending wedding is not enough, for Wigfield it was coupled with the anxiety of awaiting word on the pilot’s fate. NBC was unusually late with its new series orders this season, which created another problem for Wigfield. Last week, she had to come to New York, where the wedding is planned, for final preparations. When she was packing, she didn’t know if her pilot would be picked up yet. Wanting not to tempt fate, she only took casual clothes to wear on her honeymoon and nothing formal beyond her wedding attire. She was already in New York when last Friday, May 13, NBC made the bulk of its pickups, ordering Wigfield’s mother-daughter comedy Great News to series. When I saw her at the UTA party on Sunday, she said that she didn’t have anything suitable to wear to the NBC upfront. She didn’t seem to mind; she was having a great week.