Great News closes out the season (and possibly the series) on a positive note

With no renewal from NBC in sight, “Early Retirement” might just represent the last gasp of Great News. Thus, it should come as no major surprise that the episode has some “series finale” qualities to it, like sentimental tributes to certain characters, as well as a happy ending. But while some shows hit the gas with…

As the season winds down, Great News allows its entire ensemble to shine

With Great News’ season finale next week, and no news of a third season renewal, it’s time to take stock of the series’ best qualities before it possibly shuffles off this mortal coil. First, there’s the sheer commitment to jokes and gags, which might seem like obligatory sitcom territory, but in the age of half-hour…

Katie and Greg succumb to temptation and Chuck leads a heist on a plot-heavy Great News

As Great News heads into the homestretch, Tracey Wigfield and company chose “Competing Offer” as the episode to introduce the final story arc of the season, which involves a lawsuit against The Breakdown from crazed immortality-obsessed billionaire Fenton Pelt (Jim Rash). Remember the story Greg and Katie broke about…

A double dose of Great News highlights the series at its wacky, warm-hearted best

Though NBC previously said that “Pool Show” was the last Great News episode of the year, the network decided to fill its holiday schedule with not one, but two episodes of the show this week. The first episode, “A Christmas Carol Wendelson,” is their official holiday episode, with all the gags and hallmarks of the…

Great News closes out the fall season with a healthy dose of Rashad Jennings

Great News closes out its fall season with an episode that primarily develops some nascent storylines in time for next year, but also features a guest appearance from an NFL running back. Rashad Jennings has played for the Jaguars, the Raiders, and most recently for the Giants, but can now add “Great News guest star”…

Great News misses the mark in its sexual harrassment episode

It’s entirely coincidental that “Honeypot!” aired a week after The New York Times’ expose accusing Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual harassment, and two days after The New Yorker’s companion piece that included further allegations of assault and rape. Unfortunately, workplace sexual harassment/abuse is an…

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Great News continues to embrace its inner weirdness with fantastic results

This might be an obvious statement, but it’s enormously fun to watch a show find and explore its true potential. In its first season, Great News honed its voice but always held a little back, largely because of standard first season concerns—stating and restating the premise, establishing and re-establishing the…

UPDATED: Tina Fey is “Sheryl Sandberg on steroids” in Great News’ 2nd season

Cue the “Breaking news” chyron: Great News, NBC’s cable-news comedy created by Tracey Wigfield and executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, will have some extra Fey in season two. The 30 Rock star is set to appear in seven episodes of the series, NBC bosses told reporters this morning. The announcement was…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…