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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. But Katie’s mother’s unorthodox office behavior proves surprisingly handy in dealing with The Breakdown‘s carousel of lunatics, including a smarmy British executive producer (Mixology‘s Adam Campbell), a hilariously out-of-touch newsman (Happily Divorced‘s John Michael Higgins) and his vain co-anchor (The Simple Life‘s Nicole Richie, whose comedic chops prove a pleasant surprise).
WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU ENJOY… | Zany workplace comedies packed with Muppet-esque shenanigans and jokes that come flying at a mile a minute. (Trust us, you will find yourself rewinding the episodes to catch jokes you missed — or those you just want to enjoy again.) There are also plenty of heartfelt mother-daughter moments that help to ground the show in reality. As much as they can, anyway.
YOU SHOULD PROBABLY ALSO KNOW… | Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the brilliant minds behind small-screen gems like 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, are executive producers on Great News — and their fingerprints are all over it. Katie, for example, is a total Liz Lemon, while you’ll also see shades of other 30 Rock favorites within The Breakdown‘s staff.
IS IT COMING BACK? | You bet! Just last week, NBC wisely renewed the under-the-radar comedy for a 13-episode second season. (Premiere date TBD.)
WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? | The first eight episodes of Season 1 (aka everything that has aired thus far) are available to stream on Hulu. You can also catch up On Demand, on NBC.com or on the NBC app. The season’s final two episodes air Tuesday, May 23 at 8/7c.
Press PLAY on the video below for a taste of what Great News is all about, then hit the comments: Will you give it a shot? (Or are you already loving it?)