Jones The Series Premieres Sept. 23, Features Local Talent
Matthew Sutton, a communication arts and sciences (CAS) student at Penn State York, never imagined he’d be planning for a television premiere but that’s exactly what’s happening when he, three recent Penn State York graduates, and others will walk the red carpet Thursday, Sept. 23. Sutton and friends will arrive via limousine at The Lafayette Club in York, take a stroll down the red carpet at midnight, and then watch the premiere of their television show Jones The Series. The program is set to air at 1 a.m. on WHTM-TV, channel 27, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg.
“It’s pretty exciting. I never thought I’d have this opportunity,” said Sutton. “It’s an interesting timeslot but the episodes will be available online for people to tune-in anytime.”
Sutton was approached about a year ago by Steve Daugherty, a 2009 CAS graduate of Penn State York, about the possibility of developing a television series. Both Daugherty and Sutton performed together as part of Penn State York’s Drama Club and are close friends. Daugherty’s nickname is Jones and that’s how the name for the series was born.
In addition to Sutton, Daugherty got in touch with several other friends, Ryan Lewis, a 2009 CAS graduate; Josh Pappas, a 2009 information sciences and technology graduate; and a mutual friend, Matt Hoover about the television show. Several others were also included in the cast, Ray Abboud, a local realtor and Abigail Helf, a model. Led by Daugherty’s mother, Mindy Bouman, the group began the journey that will come to fruition next week.
Bouman, a local realtor with some television experience in her college days, contacted area businesses to sponsor the show and ultimately landed a deal with ABC-27 in Harrisburg to get a timeslot for six months. The group met every Monday at the local Sheetz and the scripts were developed loosely based on the real-life adventures of the stars of the show, especially Daugherty. The characters play themselves in the series with Daugherty, “Jones,” in the lead slot. The filming was done by Maverick Productions and, the group is excited about the upcoming premiere.
In the meantime, Sutton is off to rent a tuxedo because the premiere, just like in Hollywood, is a formal event. Check them out on Facebook at Jones The Series. The Web site will be available soon http://JonesTheSeries.com.