Created by 30 Rock alumna Tracey Wigfield and exec produced by 30 Rock creator Tina Fey, the series had a modestly rated run in midseason 2017. The comedy clinched a renewal, largely based on Fey’s clout at NBCUniversal, with help from largely positive reviews. With Fey stepping in for a guest arc to help jump-start the show, Great News was given a plum Season 2 slot behind Will & Grace on Thursday. It did not show significant ratings improvement though it firmed up its status as a very well reviewed broadcast comedy series.
The comedy’s 13-episode sophomore run ended in January.
The logline: Katie (Heelan) was raised by an overly involved mom (Martin) who always told her she was destined for greatness. But now at 30 and feeling stuck in her career as a news producer at The Breakdown — a national cable news show that shoots in Secaucus, NJ — Katie is starting to have some doubts. Meanwhile, her mother also looking for a change. After 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, she decides that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. Katie is not pleased.
John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie, Adam Campbell and Horatio Sanz co-starred in Great News, with series creator Wigfield and Fey recurring. 30 Rock alums Wigfield and Fey also executive produced alongside Robert Carlock and David Miner. The series was produced by Little Stranger, Bevel Gears, Big Wig Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television.