Created by Tracey Wigfield, Great News centers on Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a hard working news producer who is stuck doing dead end segments which will never gain her acclaim or a promotion. Andrea Martin co-stars as Katie’s loving but way too involved mother who lands an internship at Katie’s workplace!
This mother and daughter dynamic comes from Wigfield’s close knit relationship with her own mother.
“My mother kept saying as I was developing the show – ‘just try to make it like Frasier,'” said Wigfield, who previously served as an executive producer on The Mindy Project and writer on 30 Rock. “Obviously if I knew how to do that, I would do that! But I think what she meant by that is – I grew up watching and loving Frasier. Shows like Frasier and Cheers and Seinfeld have very specific characters that are weird in their own ways and you come back every week because you’d like to hang out with them. They seem like kind of fun. Keeping that in mind, I just tried to populate the newsroom with sort of specific weirdos who you want to see getting into trouble together.”
Great News, co-starring Nicole Richie and John Michael Higgins, airs Tuesdays on NBC (9 pm et/pt).