Great News Cast

John Michael Higgins

John Michael Higgins

as Chuck

John Michael Higgins stars as Chuck, the blowhard and difficult-to-please news desk veteran and co-anchor of "The Breakdown," on NBC's new comedy series "Great News."

Once a well-respected network anchor, Chuck feels that he has been pushed out of the spotlight and relegated to this cable news show because of industry ageism. Everyone on staff is afraid of Chuck, except Carol (Andrea Martin), who, due to her extensive mom experience, knows exactly how to deal with a cranky baby. As the only two "olds" in the office, Chuck and Carol form an unlikely friendship.

Higgins received a 2017 Emmy nomination for his work in the Funny or Die series "Tween Fest," which is streaming on Go90. He can currently be seen in Christopher Guest's "Mascots," opposite Jane Lynch, Zach Woods and Chris O'Dowd, "Internet Famous," and "Shimmer Lake," opposite Rainn Wilson and Rob Corddry, which can all be seen on Netflix.

Higgins recently appeared in the film "Almost Christmas," opposite Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, J.B. Smoove and Usher. In addition, he recently battled Nicole Richie in "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike. Upcoming projects include "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, and "Pitch Perfect 3," opposite Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Ruby Rose and Elizabeth Banks.

Previously, Higgins famously played David Letterman on HBO's "The Late Shift," as well as Scott, the gay dog handler, in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show." In 2011, he starred in Cameron Crowe's dramedy "We Bought a Zoo," opposite Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. He also starred opposite Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake in the comedy "Bad Teacher," directed by Jake Kasdan.

Higgins was seen in "The Ugly Truth," opposite Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, as well as the comedy "Couples Retreat," alongside an all-star cast that included Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau. Other credits include both "Pitch Perfect" films, "Yes Man," "Fired Up," "Fred Clause," "Evan Almighty," "The Break-Up," "For Your Consideration," "A Mighty Wind," "Fun with Dick and Jane" and "Blade: Trinity."

On the small screen, Higgins has starred in TV Land's "Happily Divorced," opposite Fran Drescher, and has since made a number of guest-star appearances, including on "Mike and Molly," "Sullivan & Son" and "The Good Wife." He also has a multitude of other credits, including "Raising the Bar," "Arrested Development" and "Ally McBeal."

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

as Portia

Nicole Richie stars as Portia, the hip, young co-host of the cable news show "The Breakdown," on NBC's new comedy series "Great News."

Sometimes a shrewd social media genius, sometimes a clueless idiot, Portia is anything but an old-fashioned news anchor. She and Chuck (John Michael Higgins) often butt heads because Portia has little interest in Chuck's traditional, old white-man vision for the show and Chuck sees Portia as the future pushing him out of the way. Also, he never knows what the hell she's talking about.

Richie is a creative director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer and actress.

A native Californian, Richie developed an appreciation for fashion early on. She currently acts as the creative director for House of Harlow 1960 offering ready-to-wear, jewelry and eyewear. The global brand is available in more than 50 countries.

Most recently, Richie partnered with e-commerce site Revolve and its design and production company, Alliance Apparel, on an exclusive House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve ready-to-wear collection, which launched in summer 2016.

In 2015, Richie partnered with producer Ramey Warren to launch the Pearl xChange, a series of live events to foster a community with women seeking to live full and empowered lives. Pearl xChange returned for its second event in November in Los Angeles.

In 2013, Richie partnered with Telepictures Productions to bring her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new AOL web series called "#CandidlyNicole." The hit series is based on her Twitter feed and has garnered more than 25 million views online. VH1 picked up the web series after its second season on and developed a weekly television series, following Nicole on her journey through adulthood.

Richie devotes much of her time working with various charities including the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation (RMCF), Baby2Baby, Environmental Media Association, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), the Art of Elysium and the Race to Erase MS.

In addition to acting, designing and philanthropy, Richie is the author of the best-selling novels "The Truth About Diamonds" and "Priceless."

Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin

as Carol

Andrea Martin stars as Carol, Katie's (Briga Heelan) well-meaning but way-too-involved New Jersey mom, on NBC's new comedy series "Great News."

Carol never went to college and gave up her career to raise her now adult daughter. But galvanized by an inspirational eulogy at a friend's funeral, Carol decides it's not too late to follow her dreams and lands an internship in her daughter's newsroom. She's gonna make it after all! Just 40 years later.

Martin, a multi-talented award-winning actress whose work transcends all mediums, is busier than ever. In addition to "Great News," she can also be seen reprising her role as Marilyn in the third season of Hulu's hit comedy series "Difficult People."

Martin received two Emmy Awards for writing and got a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Series for her work on the legendary sketch comedy show "SCTV." She also received a special Emmy for her contributions on "Sesame Street." Her other television work includes "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock" and her own Showtime special, "Andrea Martin, Together Again." She also starred in "Working the Engels," which garnered her ACTRA and CSA nominations.

Martin's film appearances include "Club Paradise," "Wag the Dog," "The Producers," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "All Over the Guy," "Night at the Museum 3" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which earned her a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble and a People's Choice Award.

For her show-stopping performance as Berthe in the 2013 Broadway Revival of "Pippin," Martin won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Elliot Norton Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She quickly followed this by receiving the Outer Critics Outstanding Featured Actress Award for her work in James Lapine's Broadway adaptation of Moss Hart's "Act One," where she portrayed three different roles as various influential women in Hart's life.

Previously, she received both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations for her role as Juliette in the Broadway production of "Exit the King," opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. She also received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for each of her Broadway performances as Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" and Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma," for which she also earned an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Her turn as Alice in "My Favorite Year" at Lincoln Center garnered her Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards. Additionally, she starred as the Old Lady in "Candide" on Broadway and tours North America with her one-person show, "Final Days! Everything Must Go!"

Martin's critically acclaimed book "Lady Parts" was released by HarperCollins.

Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell

as Greg

Adam Campbell stars as Greg, the young executive producer of the cable news show "The Breakdown" and Katie's (Briga Heelan) boss, on NBC's new comedy series "Great News."

Energetic and driven, Greg is constantly trying to put out fires and manage the co-hosts' whims and tantrums. Like Katie, Greg has something to prove: He came to America to make something of himself and impress his estranged family back in England. Greg and Katie butt heads when he refuses to assign her a lead story and then hires her mother (Andrea Martin) as an intern.

Campbell was last seen as Andrew Dice Clay's agent on the Showtime series "Dice." He also had recurring roles on HBO's "Hello Ladies," Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and CBS' "NCIS." His last series was "Mixology," created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore ("The Hangover"). Other television credits include "The Comedians," "2 Broke Girls," "Parenthood" and "Up All Night."

On the big screen, Campbell was featured in "The Five-Year Engagement," as well as Fox's spoof films "Date Movie" and "Epic Movie," where he met his wife, Jayma Mays. He stars in New Line's upcoming horror film "Wolves at the Door."

Horatio Sanz

Horatio Sanz

as Justin

Horatio Sanz stars as Justin, a laid-back video editor and Katie's (Briga Heelan) closest friend at the office at the cable news show "The Breakdown," in NBC's new comedy series "Great News."

Katie likes to hide in Justin's dark editing bay and complain about her problems. Happily resigned to his life, Justin is honest and great at giving advice, offering the Zen-like perspective of a man who has spent thousands of hours of his life editing horrific news footage.

Sanz is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and continues to perform in their long-running comedy show "ASSSCAT" in both New York and Los Angeles. A member of Second City from 1993-1997, Sanz brought his talents to the TV screen as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" from 1998-2006. He also has guest-starred on several comedy series, including "30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation," "Modern Family," "Drunk History," "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

Briga Heelan

Briga Heelan

as Katie

Briga Heelan stars as Katie, a smart, ambitious millennial who works as a producer at the cable news show "The Breakdown," on NBC's new comedy series "Great News."

Katie has big dreams, but is not as far along as she'd like to be. She was raised by an overly involved mom (Andrea Martin), who always told her that she was destined for greatness. But now at age 30 and feeling stuck in her career, Katie is starting to wonder if this is true.

Heelan recurred on Judd Apatow's Netflix original series "Love" and starred in the TBS series "Ground Floor." Prior to that, she recurred on ABC Family's "Jane by Design" and guest starred on "Happy Endings," "Man Up!" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

On the big screen, she was recently featured in Demetri Martin's "Dean" for CBS films, which premiered in June 2017.

As the daughter of an actress and a prominent playwright/writing teacher, Heelan was steeped in the arts as a child growing up in eastern Massachusetts. After graduating from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, Heelan studied for a year at the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a degree in theatre.

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