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).
It’s “great news” for writer Tracey Wigfield’s freshman sitcom as Great News has been renewed by NBC for a second season! Wigfield, who previously worked on 30 Rock (Tina Fey is a producer on Great News) and The Mindy Project, was inspired to create a show that was inspired by her close bond with her mother, and that germ of an idea led to the project.
Great News centers on a hard working news producer (Briga Heelan) who is trying to rise up the ranks within her news station. Complications ensue when her mother (Andrea Martin) gets an intern gig at the station. Nicole Richie, John Michael Higgins and Horatio Sanz are also part of the ensemble.
Click on the media bar below to hear Tracey Wigfield talk about the mother-daughter relationship that forms the foundation for Great News:
With the renewal of Superstore and the critically acclaimed The Good Place, NBC’s comedy lineup is back into the swing of things. The network will announce its fall schedule on May 14.
Tracey Wigfield, an Emmy award winning writer for 30 Rock, is the creator behind Great News, a workplace comedy that’s set on a national cable news show called “The Breakdown.” Partly inspired by Wigfield’s relationship with her mother, the comedy centers on Katie (Briga Heelan), an ambitious but creatively frustrated news producer whose mother Carol (Andrea Martin) lands an internship at the program. Nicole Richie and John Michael Higgins serve as the co-hosts of “The Breakdown.”
During our interview with Heelan, the actress talked about her immediate bond with Martin. “I didn’t meet her until we started shooting,” said Heelan. “We just locked in real fast. We got each other’s sense of humor very quickly and she makes me feel so comfortable and safe. I kind of gravitate to her like she is my mom in real life. She’s hysterical and the most fun to work with. It was pretty easy from the beginning with her.”
In the video below, Heelan elaborates on the mother and daughter dynamic of Great News:
Great News, co-starring Horatio Sanz and Adam Campbell, premieres on NBC April 25 (9/8c).