2:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Tina Fey-Produced 'Great News' Renewed for Season 2 at NBC
It's great news for NBC's Great News.
The freshman comedy, which has aired for only three weeks, has nabbed an early season two renewal. The single-camera comedy will return for 13 episodes — up three from its first run.
Created by 30 Rock grad Tracey Wigfield, the Universal Television project had help from The Voice during its first two episodes, opening to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers, and holding steady with a 1.0 in the demo in its second and third outings. The series about a woman (Briga Heelan) whose mother (Andrea Martin) interns at her news station opened to solid reviews and is produced in-house by Universal Television-based Tina Fey and her Little Stranger banner.
Sources say that NBC was mulling a pickup for either Great News or anthology Trial and Error, which were said to be competing for the same slot. A decision on John Lithgow comedy Trial and Error, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television, has not yet been determined, though sources say it's likely to return as well. This upfront season, it's increasingly challenging for shows from outside studios to score series pickups and renewals as networks place a greater importance on ownership amid dwindling ratings and ad dollars.
Great News becomes the fourth of NBC's freshman class to score a renewal and joins This Is Us, Taken and The Good Place on the network's 2017-18 schedule. Rumors circulating Thursday have Great News being paired with NBC's Will & Grace revival.
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