Sometimes getting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working with your mother as well? That’s a whole different story. For Katie Wendelson, a smart and ambitious news producer at a national cable news show, “The Breakdown”.
Katie (Briga Heelan) was raised by an overly involved mother who always told her she was destined for greatness, but now at 30, she’s feeling stuck in her career. Meanwhile, her mother Carol (Andrea Martin) is looking for a change and after 30 years, she decides it’s never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. Naturally this is Katie’s worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, they both might just make it after all.
It takes a village to deliver the news day in and day out. Their team includes co-anchor Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins) as the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran who intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol. Then there’s Portia (Nicole Richie), the young and hip co-host who brings a different perspective to old-fashioned journalism. Sometimes a shrewd social media genius, other times a bit checked out, but she’s always butting heads with Chuck.
Leading the news team is Greg (Adam Campbell), the dashing, young executive producer and while he is both energetic and a little uptight, Greg is constantly putting out fires and managing the co-hosts’ whims and tantrums. Katie’s closet friend at the office is Justin (Horatio Sanz), the laid back video editor and having spent years editing horrific news footage, he has seen it all. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth (Tracey Wigfield), the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl.
The series comes from Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock) who serves as creator and executive producer, along with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jack Burditt and David Miner serving as executive producers.
Starring Briga Heelan (Ground Floor), Adam Campbell (Mixology), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Nicole Richie, Horation Sanz (Saturday Night Live) and John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect).
Great News premieres tomorrow on NBC.
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