American Auto, a TV sitcom that airs on NBC, was renewed for a second season some time ago. With the second season currently airing, lead actress Ana Gasteyer appeared eager about the idea of General Motors CEO Mary Barra making a guest appearance.
“I keep pitching that we find a story line to actually have her on the show,” Gasteyer said to Detroit Free Press. “The reason being that my character is truly an outsider to the automotive business. She doesn’t know a thing about cars. She comes from pharma. She’s definitely of the management style that is not about the product but about the marketing.”
Essentially, Barra would serve as a foil to a character like Gasteyer’s.
As a reminder, American Auto follows the story of the fictional Payne Motors, a struggling Detroit-based car company loosely inspired by GM, and its CEO Katherine Hastings. Justin Spitzer, the writer and executive producer of the hugely popular NBC comedy Superstore, serves as the lead writer for American Auto, while Aaron Kaplan, known for his hit American Housewife series on ABC, is the executive producer. The second season of the show began airing just a few days ago.
The first season of American Auto was a hit among critics, and garnered 24 million people across all streaming platforms. The highest-rated episode in the ten-episode first season, titled ‘Commercial’, received a score of 8 stars out of ten. The synopsis for this episode says it follows Katherine and the team as they “re-shoot a commercial to make it more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.” The Pilot was the lowest-rated episode in season one at 6.4 stars out of ten.
American Auto is produced by Universal Television in association with Justin Spitzer’s Spitzer Holding Company and Kapital Entertainment. The second season of the show will include a 13-episode run, making it longer than the 10-episode opening season.