TV Review: Great News brings a bit of 30 Rock’s spirit back to NBC

Andrea Martin—with her big eyes and the way she contorts her mouth—makes a meal out of reaction shots. Her very oohs and ahhs are like a symphony of funny, and they get glorious play in the big-hearted sitcom Great News.

Created by former 30 Rock and The Mindy Project writer Tracey Wigfield—who won an Emmy for the former’s “Last Lunch”—the series has its executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s stamp all over it. From the bright color palette to the jaunty incidental music, it feels like it exists in the same universe that Tracy Jordan and Kimmy Schmidt occupy. Wigfield leads her writers’ room with the same eye for sharp characterization and love of fast-flying gags (be they verbal or sight) as her mentors do. Couple that with a talented cast, and it’s clear to see why Great News is immediately such …

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