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NBC's 'Great News' Follows Wayne Mother-Daughter Duo's True Life Story

Tracey Wigfield with her mom, Kathy, the inspiration behind the NBC show, "Great News."
Tracey Wigfield with her mom, Kathy, the inspiration behind the NBC show, "Great News." Photo Credit: Facebook
The cast of NBC's "Great News."
The cast of NBC's "Great News." Photo Credit: Facebook

WAYNE, N.J. -- It's not every day your neighbor's life story becomes a TV sitcom.

But for Wayne residents Kathy and Tracey Wigfield, truth is stranger (or as strange) as fiction.

The new NBC show, "Great News," co-executive produced with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment, Little Stranger and Universal Television, is based on the life of the mother/daughter duo.

Tracey, a comedy writer who won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 for her work on "30 Rock" is the creator and producer of the show which follows the antics of an up-and-coming news producer (played by Briga Heelan) who finds herself dealing with a new intern --  her mother (played by Carol Wendelson).

The story is loosely based on the two Wigfields as Kathy was often an occasional presence on her daughter's show.

According to Wikipedia, Wigfield graduated in 2001 from Immaculate Heart Academy, a Catholic high school in Bergen's Washington Township. As a child, she used her parents' video camera to record comedy skits together with a friend.

"Great News" premiered on April 25.

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