Richie to Star on NBC’s Upcoming Comedy Series “Great News”

There’s a little Great News for Nicole Richie

The 34-year-old part-Mexican American television personality and fashionista will star in NBC‘s forthcoming comedy Great News in a recasting, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Nicole Richie

Inspired by the life of Tracey Wigfield, the comedy centers on a mother-daughter relationship that is challenged when an overly involved New Jersey mom (Andrea Martin) interns at her daughter’s (Briga Heelan) workplace, a cable news network.

The Simple Life alum has been tapped to play Portia, the role originally played by Kimrie Lewis-Davis in the pilot.

Producers are said to have wanted to go in a different direction with the role. Portia is the hip, young co-host of The Breakdown, the cable news show within Great News. Sometimes a shrewd social media genius, sometimes a clueless idiot, Portia has little interest in her older co-host’s (John Michael Higgins) hard-hitting traditional vision for the show.

Written by Wigfield, the 30 Rock alum exec produces the Universal Television single-camera comedy alongside Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Beth McCarthy Miller directed the pilot for the series, which is due to bow midseason.

It’s Richie’s first scripted series-regular television role following reality television work on The Simple Life and Candidly Nicole as well as guest-acting appearances on NBC’s Chuck, The New Normal and Fox‘s Empire.

VH1 Renews Richie’s “Candidly Nicole” Reality Series for a Second Season

Prepare for more of Nicole Richie’s candidness…

VH1 has ordered a second season of the 32-year-old part-Mexican American television personality and fashionista’s reality series Candidly Nicole to air in spring/summer 2015.

Nicole Richie

Based on Richie’s AOL online series of the same name, the show details the former Fashion Star mentor’s daily adventures and gives insight into her decisions on style, relationships, work life and everything in between.

“‘Candidly Nicole’ has surpassed every goal that we set for the launch,” said Susan Levison, EVP of Original Programming and Production for VH1. “The series increased viewers in its time period by 50 percent, attracted thousands of new viewers to the channel and shared Nicole Richie’s sharp wit and comedic flair for highlighting some of the absurdities of the real world.”

Candidly Nicole increased its time period’s Live+3 ratings in the 18-49 demo by 50% compared to the same time period last year, according to VH1.