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Watch this EW digital exclusive of Nicole Richie and John Michael Higgins in their characters Portia and Chuck on ‘Great News.’ The series premieres in 4 days!

Meet Chuck Pierce and Portia Scott-Griffith, the lead anchors at MMN’s flagship (or flagship-adjacent) nightly news program, The Breakdown. Portia (Nicole Richie) is the millennial whisperer, proudly en vogue with her finger always on the pulse, while pompous veteran Chuck (John Michael Higgins) frequently needs to keep his in check.

The stars of NBC’s Great News — ambitious producer Katie (Briga Heelan) and her intern mother Carol (Andrea Martin) — may admirably try to climb the corporate ladder, but it’s only to reach the gossamer peak where Chuck and Portia, the king and queen bee of MMN, reign.

In the interest of getting to know the friendly-ish faces who will be breaking news to the nation, NBC has released a little preview of what makes Chuck and Portia tick. As you’ll see above, it’s less ‘divine sweet mystery of life’ and more ‘time bomb.’

Great News premieres April 25 on NBC.

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The premiere of Great News is only 4 days away! Here’s a video of Portia advertising her own line of lifestyle products.

Cat Greenleaf recently interviewed Nicole Richie on Talk Stoop about her new sitcom Great News and more. During the interview, Cat and Nicole high-fived which didn’t go according to plan, but provided an amusing result!

Nicole Richie recently spoke to Parade about her role in the upcoming sitcom Great News. She also touched upon her family, including her father Lionel Richie.

How would you describe Portia?

It’s easy to pin her as this flighty ditz, but she’s nobody’s fool. At times, she’ll say something and you do wonder who’s living in the real world? Is it her co-workers or is it her?

Now that you’re doing a sitcom, are you having to readjust your schedule?

I feel like I’m always trying to readjust, depending on how my kids [daughter Harlow, 9, and son Sparrow, 7] are. Both my life and my husband’s [Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden] are very much on the go. I think when you decide that you want to have more time for something, it’s like time just expands if it’s really important to you.

What did you learn from your dad, Lionel Richie?

He is an incredible performer. I’ve looked at him so many times and I’m like, “I don’t know how you do it.” It’s a different generation. He’s “on” all the time. I am someone who cares about personal time, alone time. I like to compartmentalize my life.

Do you have any family traditions?

We have one night a week where no one leaves the house and that’s really important, especially because everyone’s lives move so fast.

Any possibility your dad will guest star in an episode?

We would love it. He loves a camera.

What do you think, looking back on The Simple Life experience, all these years later?

Oh, my God. I had so much fun. I was 21. I was going around the world with my best friend [co-star Paris Hilton] and getting paid for it, so I couldn’t really complain.

Do you bring your kids to the set?

Yeah. They came to set. Basically, everybody on the show is married with kids, and Briga Heelan [who plays Katie, producer of the news show] is about to have a kid, so I think everyone was really excited to have the kids on set. John Michael Higgins [who plays co-anchor Chuck] had his kids on set, too. It was a big family environment.

How do you feel about your kids following you in the business?

Not as kids. No. My kids will not.

Did you know that you had comedy in your blood?

I’m a jokester. I love playing pranks on my friends. I got named “Class Clown” in high school, so at least that award got me somewhere.

Who are your comedy heroes?

My co-stars John Michael Higgins and Andrea Martin make me laugh. Tina Fey, I’ve, obviously, been a fan of her for years. I love comedies. I love ’90s romantic comedies. I grew up watching Shirley Temple. I love physical comedy, dance, and musicals.

‘Great News’ cast reveal more about the show

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March 29th, 2017

The cast of ‘Great News‘ – including Nicole Richie – reveal more about their characters in this preview of the show, coming April 25th.

Whilst attending the NBC Universal Press Junket to promote her new sitcom “Great News“, Nicole Richie and some of the cast had some portraits taken by Maarten De Boer.

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Whilst at the NBC Press Junket promoting Great News, Nicole Richie and co-star John Michael Higgins spoke to E! News about the upcoming show and how they juggled filming this new project whilst being a parent.

Click here or on the photo below to watch the video.


Great News premieres Tuesday, April 25th at 9pm PST on NBC.