Sneak peek at Jones The Series set for Oct. 16 on campus
A sneak peek premier for Jones The Series, a reality-based comedy featuring a current Penn State York student and some recent graduates, is set for Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m., following the campus open house. The premier is in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center and is sponsored by the Penn State York Blue & White Society, a student group that aims to enhance student life through promoting Penn State pride, community service, and dedication to the University. This event is free and open to the public.
In addition to watching the show, those who attend the sneak peek will have the opportunity to meet the stars.
Matthew Sutton, a communication arts and sciences (CAS) student at Penn State York, never imagined he’d be on a television series but that’s exactly what is happening. Sutton, three recent Penn State York graduates, and others will be at Penn State York to premier the show, meet people in attendance, and then look forward to the on-air premier on CBS 21 and CW 15 beginning Oct. 22.
The show will air on CBS 21 at 1:37 a.m. and on CW 15 at 2 a.m. The early morning hours on Friday feel like Thursday night. Be sure to stay awake Thursday night to watch the series that follows The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Later in the month, beginning Oct. 31, the series will also on Sunday mornings at 1:30 a.m.
Jones The Series was originally scheduled to premier on another network back in September but because of some programming issues the series did not air.
“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,” he said.
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. Daugherty is also responsible for most of the writing of the series.
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 the local television network 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 premier.
Check them out on Facebook at Jones The Series and on the Web at http://JonesTheSeries.com.