Briga Heelan Dishes on Her 'Great News' Love Triangle
It’s a winter wonderland on Great News—in more ways than one. In back-to-back episodes, the workplace comedy first riffs on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and then delves into the topic of sensitivity training, which pits late-in-life intern Carol (Andrea Martin) and gruff anchor Chuck (John Michael Higgins) against the newsroom’s “snowflakes.” That debate over innocent ribbing versus offensive behavior “is a complicated issue,” says Briga Heelan, who plays news producer Katie. She’s dealing with her own complications: Though she has a boyfriend, journalist Jeremy (Reid Scott), the sexual tension with her boss, Greg (Adam Campbell), still simmers. Heelan offers up some office gossip.
The ex-'Goodfella' is back to turning over info on sources for the new comedy.
What’s the status of Katie and Jeremy’s relationship?
In the script, it’s always like, “Katie dated this garbage man who was homeless for two years.” It just sounds like her track record is the worst, so this is a very, very good catch for Katie. She’s really happy because he’s equally ambitious. So she’s hopeful about this guy, because they’re like-minded in that way.
And yet she has amazing chemistry with Greg.
They have a boss-and-employee vibe. And they also have a gross brother-sister relationship. And then they slowly develop these romantic feelings and start to realize, “Oh, I deeply care about this person’s well-being.” I love the layers of their relationship.
Do you want to see them as a couple?
The slow burn is far more interesting, and I think any relationship that’s going to stand the test of time has got more than one dynamic going on. Also, I met my husband when I was working and we got to see one another as coworkers before we were ever romantic. Listen, it worked out for me, so I guess I’ve got a little bit of a bias in there.
Great News, Thursday, Dec. 21, 8/7c, NBC
This article also appeared in the Dec. 11 - Dec. 24 issue of TV Guide Magazine.