Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 6, 2014

'Extant' to get extravagant premiere here

Ironton native's new series will be feted Wednesday at Ro-Na

IRONTON — Downtown Ironton will develop a Hollywood feeling on Wednesday when CBS’ new series “Extant,” written by Ironton native Mickey Fisher, will premiere worldwide, spurring an extravagant watch party at the Ro-Na Theatre.

Friends of Ironton will sponsor a night of events, including a red-carpet entrance for special VIP donors, a Skype session with Fisher from California, as well as a live-streaming screening of the series’ premiere.

Jane Griffith, an FOI board member and secretary, said doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. Fisher will join the event via webcam using the Skype program and will talk about the series and answer questions from the audience.

Griffith said his family still lives in Ironton and will attend the premiere.

She said Fisher had hoped to return home for the premiere, but was unable to make the trip.

The sci-fi series will be attached to Hollywood hot-shots, including Academy Award winner Halle Berry and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.

Griffith, who is familiar with the back story surrounding Fisher’s “Extant” pursuits, said he had hardly any trouble getting the series’ story to the big stage.

“He wrote the story and shared it with the other people he’s associated with in Hollywood. When they read it, they told him to get it out there, so he went to Steven Spielberg,” she said. “He loved it and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do it.’”

According to the CBS website, “Extant” tells the story of a young woman (Berry) who returns home after a yearlong solo mission in space. As she tries to reconnect with her son and husband in their everyday lives, her experiences in space and at home lead to events that could change the course of human history.

VIPs for the Ironton screening will begin their evening with a private reception at the Transportation Center in town. Afterward, they will be driven in a limousine to the Ro-Na, where they will enter the building on a red carpet.

The VIP events will be open to those willing to donate $50 and up to go toward renovations to Ro-Na. The activities will be hosted by Ironton Alive.

“Hollywood had their opening last Wednesday. This will be ours,” Griffith said.

Fisher is scheduled to Skype the audience around 8:30 p.m. and the show will start at 9.

For more information about “Extant,” visit cbs.com/shows/extant.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653. For Twitter updates, follow @lanabellamy_DI.

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