In a turbulent time for media, “The Great” takes a wry turn. The eight-episode Showtime series begins its second season Wednesday night with new situations for several characters, while helping to prepare audiences for what the Second Amendment is really about.
Laurie Metcalf stars as Maggie, a Washington Post writer who has been living in London while promoting her latest book on political interviews. Now that she is back, she starts covering President Trump, regardless of whether her novel provides her with any insight. She crosses paths with quirky British press rep and ex-girlfriend Dan (Kierston Wareing). Both are fairly unsure about their lives, but Dan is particularly unsure, since his terminal cancer diagnosis is still fresh in her mind.
They aren’t the only ones trying to figure out how to survive in this hectic world. Donald Trump Jr. (Calum Worthy) struggles to grasp his new role as the head of his father’s publishing company. During the election, he reported to Neil Cavuto in the US on Fox News, but he wants to be based in New York, which could put him in competition with Fox & Friends. Will it end well? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Is there anything better than the grumpy (yet funny) provocateur that is Colin Quinn? You might think so, but there really isn’t. He and more than a few of his merry men bring their best in the second season of Quinn’s series, which will air over 12 episodes. Quinn once again proves his mastery of satire by blending comedy and writing for NBC, while also delivering insightful commentary on the confusing turn of events of the new administration.
And as always, his favorite targets – Hollywood studios, politicians, and, naturally, himself. Besides New York City, viewers can catch up with Laura Benanti (Dakota Fanning’s mother in “I Am Chris Farley”) in her latest project. She returns as Emma Adams, the younger daughter of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David and an exaggerated version of his own relationship.
While this season’s themes can be construed as dark, the focus remains on comedy and enjoying Quinn’s fresh, yet familiar, take on the current political situation. We loved you while you were here and can’t wait to see what you bring to our TVs next!