The event was to promote the returns of shows like “World of Dance,” “This Is Us,” “Trial and Error,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Wall,” and “America’s Got Talent,” as well as series that are coming to an end, like “Rise” and “Shades of Blue.”
Talent struck a pose for us after gabbing about their latest projects and NBC’s new programming.
The event came just before the network’s upfront presentation in New York City, ahead of which they announced their Fall 2018-19 slate of new and returning shows. That reveal came after NBC announced all of its cancellation, renewal and orders for the next season.
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Other confirmed guests include Annabelle Attanasio, Aj Calloway, Gaby Espino, Santino Fontana, Amy Forsyth, Damon J. Gillespie, Carla Hall, Casey Johnson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Litzy, Rarmian Newton,Fabián Ríos, Shirley Rumierk, Leslie Uggams, Dionne Warwick, Lynn Whitfield, Tristan “Mack” Wilds, and Deborah Joy Winans.
The event will honor the groundbreaking musical moments from television including music-based series, variety, and talk shows, as well as pay tribute to the famous TV theme songs.
“The Paley Honors shines a spotlight on the Paley Center’s overall mission to explore the role television plays in shaping our society,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO.
The one-hour drama centered on a dedicated teacher, played by Josh Radnor, who takes over a flagging theatrical program at a school in a working-class city. Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk also starred.
“Rise” opened to a decent 1.2 rating and 5.5 million viewers in its premiere, but fell off steadily from there. The first season is averaging just a 0.9 and 4.5 million viewers in Live+Same Day.
The series was created by Jason Katims, who served as showrunner and executive producer. Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez and Michelle Lee also executive produce. Mike Cahill directed and executive produced the pilot. The series was produced by Universal Television, True Jack Productions and Seller Suarez Productions.
Earlier on Friday, NBC also canceled the dramas
But Rise did not have the same impact. It got off to a modest start in ratings and never took off.
Written by Katims and starring Josh Radnor, Rise was inspired by the story of groundbreaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High. In the series, when dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town.
Cast also included Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton,
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“I grew up with theater and sports at the same time. So it was very easy to tap into Robbie,” Gillespie says.
The actor who embodies Stanton High’s resident star quarterback-cum-thespian grew up doing musical theater, appearing on Broadway in shows including “Aladdin” and “Newsies.” He even previously portrayed “Spring Awakening’s” Melchior — the role his “Rise” character inhabits in the show-within-the-show — on stage at a local theater in his home state of Tennessee.
“Just jumping into this type of production in general, it’s still a little unreal to me. I’m still like, ‘Okay. This is the good part of the dream, so I’m destined to wake up at any time,'” Gillespie says.
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Perez and Radnor’s characters, Tracey Wolfe and Lou Mazzuchelli, eventually form an alliance, for the sake of the kids hungry to be challenged by putting on an ambitious musical — but the fact that Perez’s character, a Latina woman, is passed over by a white man is extremely timely in this age of “Time’s Up” and #MeToo.
“I think for her to get passed over in the way that she was passed over hurt to her core,” Perez said of Tracey. “This was her dream to run the department. It stings that a middle-aged white guy gets the job, not the Latina woman. That’s a bitter pill to swallow.
Led by Josh Radnor’s English teacher turned theater director Lou Mazzuchelli, “Rise” tracks the reinvention of a high school drama department through the eyes of its faculty and students. Lou gets the ball rolling when he pitches himself for the vacant post,
The premise of Rise — debuting this Tuesday at 10/9c; I’ve
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