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Med­dling moth­ers, crazy col­leagues and news­room chaos take cen­tre stage in Great News.

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If you’re tun­ing in for an im­por­tant bul­letin on sit­com Great News (2017- cur­rent), think again. “Katie Wen­del­son is an am­bi­tious pro­ducer for news show The Break­down,” ex­plains lead star Briga Hee­lan (Jenny in two-sea­son com­edy Ground Floor, 2013-2015). “She is al­ready jug­gling the egos of her two an­chors, then her mom gets an in­tern­ship at the show!” Babysit­ting isn’t the only thing hold­ing her back, hints Briga. “Katie wants to find her voice but hasn’t found her con­fi­dence. She wants to be a se­ri­ous jour­nal­ist but it won’t hap­pen overnight.”

THE NEWS CREW

Katie’s mom Carol (An­drea Martin, Mar­i­lyn in com­edy Dif­fi­cult Peo­ple, 2015- cur­rent) loves her new job, her daugh­ter and try­ing to help everyone. That doesn’t mean her plans work out.

Greg Walsh (Adam Camp­bell, young Ducky Mal­lard in NCIS flashbacks, 2003cur­rent) is Katie’s Bri­tish

boss who’s try­ing to im­press his fam­ily be­cause they own the net­work! Chuck Pierce (John Michael Hig­gins, Pe­ter in sit­com Hap­pily Di­vorced, 20112013) is the cranky news an­chor who’s as dif­fi­cult to please as he is good at his job.

Por­tia Scott-Grif­fith (Ni­cole Richie, from re­al­ity show Can­didly Ni­cole, 2014-2015) is fak­ing it while mak­ing it as Chuck’s ditsy-but-social media-savvy younger co-an­chor. And “Just Justin” (Ho­ra­tio Sanz, Hey­wood in ac­tion show Scor­pion, 2014-cur­rent – see 47), aka Katie’s video-edi­tor bestie and agony aunt when she vent in his edit­ing booth.

COM­EDY QUEENPINS

If Great News re­minds you a bit of award-win­ning com­edy 30 Rock (2006-2013), you’re not wrong. It was cre­ated by 30 Rock writer Tracey

Wig­field, who cameos as Beth Vliek, and is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Tina Fey, 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon.

Katie dreams of be­ing a news reporter but there are a cou­ple of hur­dles in her way.

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