Premiere, a young news producer’s life changes when her mother lands an internship at her television station, on April 25th, 2017, at 9pm ET/PT
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/4/25 – “I went through an audition process,” says Great News star Nicole Richie. “I auditioned a few times, actually. When I got it, we were shooting about a week later, and I had no idea what I was walking into. They all kind of knew each other, and I was the new kid on the block, and I met the hair and makeup people first, and they were like ‘Everyone’s really nice.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, okay. Whatever.’ ”
“You know what,” says Richie “Everyone was so nice. They welcomed me with open arms. I’ve been a huge fan of John Michael Higgins for years and could not believe that I was going to be sharing scenes with him, and he immediately, I mean, he was nice and lovely, and I think the cool part about our characters is that there’s such a generational gap. We celebrated off screen, but it’s still very much still there.”
“We had so much fun shooting it,” says Great News star Nicole Richie. “It was the most incredible experience. We were laughing on set every single day. We were excited to come to work everyday. We were trying to hang out outside of work, and that’s a lot to say because, you know, who wants to do that after you’ve spent more than 12 hours with someone.”
In Great News, Briga Heelan is Katie Wendelson a news producer at “The Breakdown,” a national cable news show that shoots in Secaucus, NJ. She is thirty. She is starting to have some doubts about her talent. She is feeling stucked in her career.
Andrea Martin is Carol, Katie’s mother. She is looking for a change. She has been a stay-at-home mom for thirty years. Carol decides that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. She lands an internship at her Katie’s news show. This is a nightmare for Katie. She comes to realize that both might just make it after all.
John Michael Higgins is Chuck Pierce, a difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Once a well-respected network newsman. Chuck intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol. She uses her mom skills to deal with him. This odd duo forges an unlikely friendship.
Nicole Richie is Portia, she is the young co-host. She brings a different perspective to journalism. Sometimes good with social media, other times a bit checked-out. Portia is always butting heads with Chuck.
Adam Campbell is Greg, he leads the news team, he is the executive producer. He is constantly managing the co-hosts’ demands.
Horatio Sanz is Justin, Katie’s closest friend at the office. He is the video editor. He has spent years editing horrific news footage. Justin has seen it all. he is always happy to dole out his zen-like advice.
In the newsroom, Tracey Wigfield is Beth, the resident meteorologist. She is far from your stereotypical weather girl.
Tina Fey serves as executive producer.
Great News cast:
- Briga Heelan as Katie Wendelson
- Andrea Martin as Carol
- John Michael Higgins as Chuck Pierce
- Adam Campbell as Greg
- Nicole Richie as Portia
- Horatio Sanz as Justin
- Tracey Wigfield as Beth
A Little Stranger Inc, Bevel Gears, Big Wig Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Inc. and Universal Television production. Created by Tracey Wigfield. Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller, Claire Scanlon, Victor Nelli, Payman Benz, Ken Whittingham, Gail Mancuso, and Nisha Ganatra. Executive produced by Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Tracey Wigfield, Jack Burditt, David Miner.
NBC is an American broadcast television network owned by NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.