Two more comedies are joining NBC’s 2016-17 roster: “Marlon” and “Great News.”

The two pickups join three other new comedies (“Powerless,” “The Good Place” and “Trial & Error”), plus the returning “Superstore,” on the network’s slate for next season. That could represent a notable uptick for NBC, which never had more than three comedies on the air in a given week this season.

“Marlon” stars and is executive produced by Marlon Wayans. He plays a divorced, not entirely grown-up father to two kids who’s all in on raising them along with his ex-wife (Essence Atkins).

“Great News” stars Briga Heelan (“Undateable”) as a TV news producer whose mother (Andrea Martin), who’s just re-entering the workforce, lands an internship at her station. Tracey Wigfield wrote the pilot and is executive producing with her former “30 Rock” bosses Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

You can go here to see all the new series on the broadcast networks for 2016-17.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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