Getting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working alongside your mom inside the challenging landscape of cable news? That’s a whole other story, and it’s the headline for Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan, “Ground Floor,” “Undateable Live”), a smart, ambitious producer at “The Breakdown,” the daily cable newscast centered in Secaucus, N.J.
Believing she was always destined for greatness, Katie finds herself feeling stuck in her career and is left to wonder if her big dreams will ever come to fruition. Much to her dismay, along comes Carol (Andrea Martin, “SCTV,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Hairspray Live!”), Katie’s well-meaning but way-too-involved mom who decides on a lark that it’s not too late to follow her dreams and lands an internship at the station. This just might be the worst news ever for Katie until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, things may just change in her favor.
It takes a village to deliver the news day in and day out, and “The Breakdown” team does it with their own special flair. Sitting in the co-anchor chair is Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins, “Pitch Perfect,” “Best in Show”), the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Once a well-respected network presence, Chuck intimidates everyone on the staff except for Carol, who uses her polished mom skills to deal with him, and together this odd duo forges an unlikely friendship. Alongside him is Portia (Nicole Richie, “Candidly Nicole,” “The Simple Life”), the young, very hip co-host who is anything but an old-fashioned news anchor. Sometimes shrewd, other times not so much, Portia often butts heads with Chuck because he never quite understands just what she’s talking about.
Leading the news team is Greg (Adam Campbell, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Mixology”), the young executive producer who has something to prove and, while energetic and driven, is constantly fighting an uphill battle putting out fires and managing the co-hosts whims and tantrums. Katie’s closest friend at the office is Justin (Horatio Sanz, “Saturday Night Live,” “The Dictator”), the laid back video editor who is honest and more than happy to dole out his zen-like perspective, which is considerably tarnished having spent countless hours editing horrific news footage. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth (Tracey Wigfield), the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl.
The laughs hit close to home in this new office comedy from Wigfield (“30 Rock”), who serves as creator and executive producer. Tina Fey (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock”), Robert Carlock (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock”) and David Miner (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Master of None,” “The Good Place,” “30 Rock”) also executive produce. Beth McCarthy-Miller directed the pilot. “Great News” is produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger, Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment.