Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


July 9, 2014

Ironton celebrates premier of local native’s CBS series

IRONTON — Mickey Fisher, Ironton native and creator of CBS’ new television series “Extant” told his hometown via Skype webcam service that all his achievements in Hollywood are owed to the love and support of the Tri-State.

“It all goes back to Ironton. It all goes back to the Tri-State,” he told the audience of about 300 sitting in the Ro-Na ready to watch the debut of his television show.

Wednesday night’s audience was a mix of guests from all over the Tri-State area, including Bellefonte, Ashland, Huntington and, of course, Ironton.

Friends of Ironton, along with Ironton Alive, put together a lavish premiere watch party for the “Extant” debut that included special VIP treatment for donors (a walk on the red carpet and limousine rides), a Skype session with Fisher, a screening of the show and a post-show reception.

Both Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles and Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship, and their families, attended the premiere.

But of all the night’s star-studded events, the audience’s 15-minute conversation with Fisher before the start of the show ratcheted up the most excitement.

The crowd laughed and cheered with Fisher as he revealed snippets of his life in California working with the best of the best in show business.

The crowd was especially excited to hear about his experiences working with Academy Award winner Halle Berry, who plays the main character in his show, and Steven Spielberg, “Extant’s” executive producer.

“You sit there and you try to be cool, but—it’s Steven Spielberg!” he said about trying to not act starstruck toward the famous producer. He also described Berry as being down to earth.

He told the audience about how the crew worked long hours on the set. He said the crew had to work overnight to shoot one long scene that required Berry to do a lot of running.

“Even at 5 a.m., between takes, she was smiling and talking with other people on the set,” he said. “She is so nice.”

At the end of the interview, Blankenship stepped up to the mic to tell Fisher how proud the city was of him and how much they appreciated his family’s support for the arts.

“I just wanted to say that. Heartfelt. Right here, buddy,” Blankenship told Fisher.

WOWK-TV 13’s Randy Yohe, the night’s master of ceremony, interviewed Fisher. When he asked Fisher what the future has in store for him, Fisher replied, “Hopefully a season two!” with his fingers crossed for luck. The audience cheered.

All proceeds from the night were donated to Ro-Na’s ongoing renovations.

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

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