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The Emmy winner will recur on the second season of the NBC series as Diana St. Tropez, the new boss at MMN, the fictional news network at the center of the workplace comedy.
“She’s sort of the Sheryl Sandberg on steroids,” creator and showrunner Tracey Wigfield told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
In addition to writing a series of books titled — yes, Boss Bitch — Fey’s character is described one of the few women who is seen as truly having it all. Diana’s working-mom mentality will put her at odds with Carol (Andrea Martin).
“She’s hopefully a really good foil to Andrea’s character,” Wigfield said. “This character kind of represents to her everything that she isn’t.”
However, Carol’s daughter Katie (Briga Heelan) looks up to Diana and “wants her to take her under her wing,” Wigfield added.
NBC brass first announced in May that Fey would be guest-starring in season two of Great News shortly after the single-camera effort earned a second-season pickup. Speaking with reporters Thursday morning, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed Fey will appear in seven episodes of season two.
“Her presence in the show, I hope, really sets up all of our characters on really funny stories for the rest of the season,” Wigfield said.
Fey is an executive producer on the series, which hails from 30 Rock alum Wigfield. However, this role marks the Saturday Night Live alum’s first scripted broadcast series role since 30 Rock wrapped its seven-season run in 2013.
In the years since, Fey has appeared in multiple episodes of the other Universal comedy she executive produces, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In season one, she appeared as a Marcia Clark-like prosecutor, perm and all, and in season two, she played Kimmy’s therapist.
In addition to exec producing the two series, Fey has kept busy with film roles in Sisters and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot in addition to her three-time stint as Golden Globes co-host along with her longtime SNL co-star Amy Poehler. She’s also readying a Mean Girls musical that will debut this fall.
Great News will returns in the fall on NBC.
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William Jackson Harper