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Nicole Richie Joins New NBC Sitcom ‘Great News’

Designer Nicole Richie attends Goldie Hawn's Annual Goldie's Love In For Kids on May 06, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
Designer Nicole Richie attends Goldie Hawn’s Annual Goldie’s Love In For Kids on May 06, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Nicole Richie is headed to NBC.

The forthcoming comedy “Great News” has undergone a recasting and tapped Richie to replace Kimrie Lewis-Davis in the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Inspired by the life of Tracey Wigfield, the comedy follows 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.

Richie will play Portia, 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 executive produces the single-camera comedy alongside Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Beth McCarthy Miller directed the pilot for the series, which is due to bow midseason.

This will be Richie’s first scripted series-regular TV role following “The Simple Life” and “Candidly Nicole” as well as guest gigs on NBC’s “Chuck” and Fox’s “Empire.”

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