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Monday, January 7, 2013

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I've got some more alumni who are blowing up in the world of entertainment that you should know about!

After the jump, learn about alumni who are appearing on, writing for and creating some great new TV shows.

...Plus one alum who is writing about his experience producing one very newsworthy Broadway show.

Happy new year everyone!



1) Mask and Wig alum Tom Christensen (W'03) is certainly on a hot streak! He was recently on "2 Broke Girls" and this coming week he's going to be on two hit shows!

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"Happy Endings" last night, 1/6, 10 PM on ABC.
In Happy Endings, Tom plays "Jamie," the male version of Eliza Coupe's character, Jane. She tries to set her friend Max up with someone who turns out to be way too much like her.

"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" on Tuesday, 1/8, at 9:30, also on ABC.
In Don't Trust the B, he plays the Pear Vendor at the farmer's market. The two female leads are looking for a possible mate, they see Tom, and Dreama Walker's character imagines what I'm like to date.


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2) DT correspondent Jess Garvey (C'09) booked a role on the upcoming CW show "The Carrie Diaries".

More about her appearance in the coming months!






upenn3) We've covered comedian Matt Ritter (Penn Law '05) in the past and a few weeks ago, Matt debuted a new show he co-created and co-executive produced on MSNBC called "Chained to My Ex". As such, "Chained to My Ex" follows couples who find themselves living together and miserable but stuck for many reasons including emotional ties, children and financial limitations. Being married and living together can be tough. Being divorced and still living together… pure hell.

This show is based on Matt's deeply personal experience watching his parents live together for two whole years, though divorced and full of spite because they couldn't sell their Long Island house. This real-life "War of The Roses" inspired him to create a docuseries highlighting this growing trend.

Check out this clip:


And this segment from "The Today Show":




4) ER doctor and TV writer (and staff writer of "The Mob Doctor") Zach Lutsky's (C'97, AEPi) episode of "The Mob Doctor" aired this past Saturday night on Fox. Here is a synopsis of his episode titled "Resurrection":
upennConstantine decides to go to extremes to protect his estranged son Luke but...but at what cost?! Luke is deep in debt to the dangerous and ruthless Nogales Cartel. Constantine gets the help of his Chicago mob friend Al Trapani (played by Mike Starr from "Goodfellas"). In order to payback the favor Constantine asks Grace to check out Trapani’s girlfriend. This new patient has a shocking secret and is experiencing unexplainable pain. Grace also helps Olivia and Dr. White race against the clock to solve the mystery of a man's dying heart before it is too late.




Zach tells me that after having spent several years learning real medicine at medical school in Chicago, it was a surreal and incredible experience spending time back there to create a world of fake medicine for a TV show.

 5) Reality producer Greg Goldman (C'96) just got an awesome new Hunger Games-like show greenlit on the CW called "The Hunt". Per Deadline, "The Hunt" is an intense wilderness competition taking place over one month, as 12 teams of two are provided no food, water, or shelter, but must compete in a game where they’ll rely on their physicality, survival skills, and hunting skills to endure their conditions, capture one another, and ultimately win a huge cash prize."  Listen to Greg and other Penn alumni working in reality TV here.

 6) Roy Bank (C'94) partnered with Logo to executive produce Logo's first live program "That Sex Show", a daily late-night relationship and sex advice show. The series debuts Monday, February 4. (more here)

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 7) Remember last fall when TV writer Meredith Stiehm (C'90) won an Emmy for Best Drama for "Homeland"? Well after this brilliant last season it is so very clear that "Homeland" will be winning another season next fall.  If you haven't seen this, watch the clip below where Meredith discusses the personal story surrounding writing for a bipolar character.

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8) If you recall, there was quite some hoopla around some of the problems surrounding the first iteration of the Broadway show "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark". Glen Berger (C'89, Mask and Wig) who wrote the book for the show will now be writing another book --this one a tell-all book called "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the most Controversial Musical in Broadway History".   Look for it next year! (source) Should be a good read.



 9) While this isn't airing on TV, I love this viral video that Aaron Karo (W'01) created called "Brutally Honest Answers to Teenage Girls' Questions". Just watch it!





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