Though she may be a talented news producer who is growing more responsible by the minute, Great News protagonist Katie (Briga Heelan) is still attached to her mother (Andrea Martin). Whether it’s working on the job with her mom or coming to terms that smothering is just part of a mother’s love, Katie must find the balance of gaining more independence while also staying close to her family.

Speaking of family, Heelan discusses the joy of working on Great News. “I’ve learned so much honestly from watching the people that I work with and getting to work with the producers on this show has been unbelievable,” said Heelan. “Just to kind of watch how everyone conducts themselves honestly – it’s such a supportive, lighthearted atmosphere and environment. Everyone talks about family and parenting a lot . . . I’ve actually learned quite a bit about the kind of parent and co-worker that I want to be on this job in addition to learning things while we’re acting.”

Click on the media bar to hear Heelan discuss the push and pull dynamic regarding Katie’s relationship to her mother:

Great News, co-starring Nicole Richie, airs Thursday nights on NBC (9:30/8:30c).

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi