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Great News

Great News

  • Premiered: 
    April 25, 2017
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Tracey Wigfield 
  • Subject Matter: Journalism
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Tina Fey, GREAT NEWS is a half-hour comedy series that takes place on set and behind the scenes of "The Breakdown," a fictional national cable show, where Katie Wendelson is a smart, ambitious news producer. Unfortunately for her, after 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Carol decides that it's never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter's news show. This is Katie's worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, she and her mom both might just make it after all. Sitting in the co-anchor chair at "The Breakdown" is Chuck Pierce, the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Chuck intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol, who uses her polished mom skills to deal with him. Alongside him is Portia, the young, very hip co-host who brings a different perspective to old-fashioned journalism. Leading the news team is Greg, the dashing young executive producer. Katie's closest friend at the office is Justin, the laid back video editor who has seen it all and is always more than happy to dole out his zen-like advice. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth, the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl. GREAT NEWS premiered on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 9-10pm ET/PT, as NBC debuted back-to-back new episodes.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8-9pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the Season 1 finale of GREAT NEWS, showing back-to-back new episodes. In the night's first new episode (8pm), "Carol Has a Bully," Carol has a midterm she must pass in order to keep her internship. Katie needs to choose between helping her mom and focusing on her hacking story, which she can't seem to crack. Meanwhile, Greg's wealthy estranged grandmother (guest star Christina Pickles) pays a visit to the office. Chuck finds her cold and cruel, but almost immediately falls in love with her. Nicole Richie and Horatio Sanz also star. Vicki Lawrence also guest stars. Then, in the season ender (8:30pm), "Carol's Eleven," Katie makes a huge discovery about the story she's been chasing and, with the help of Carol and the rest of the staff, concocts a scheme to get the story out. Greg struggles with balancing his conflicting loyalties to his family, co-workers and conscience. Vicki Lawrence guest stars. Two weeks earlier -- on Thursday, May 11 -- NBC announced that it renewed GREAT NEWS for a 13-episode second season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Little Stranger Inc.
  • Produced by Bevel Gears
  • Produced by Big Wig Productions
  • Produced by 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Produced by Universal Television