Theatre Alumni on TV This Season
November 20, 2017
Between HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, AmazonPrime, and more, television has more hit shows now than ever. Shows that are already popular in our lives are assigning roles to many Columbia alumni this season. Here are some of them:
Rebecca Henderson '06 will perform in a recurring role on HBO's Westworld: "Live without limits in a world where every human appetite can be indulged. From executive producers, Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, comes this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin," according to the show's website. Westworld "proved to be one of the most innovative shows of the year," according to the NME review. Season 2 will be released in Spring, 2018. Henderson is also working on Discovery Channel's miniseries Manhunt: Unabomber that tells the story of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber in the 1990s and on I'm Sorry, a TruTv production about the life of a comedy writer.
Liba Vaynberg '13 is working on The Deuce, also produced by HBO starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The show chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s and "explores the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry." The Deuce just renewed with HBO for a second season.
On Grey's Anatomy (ABC) and Hawaii Five-0 (CBS), you can see Kila Packett '08. Most recently, Packett worked with director Alik Sakharov on the upcoming Sci-Fi series Counterpart (2018) starring J.K. Simmons and and with director Milan Cheylov on the new CBS series Wisdom of the Crowd "a drama about a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process"
Paige Patterson '13 performs in a recurring role on ABC's Quantico, the drama from executive producers Josh Safran and Mark Gordon that explores the lives of young government agents as they go through training to become special agents and beyond. On May 15, 2017, ABC announced that the network renewed Quantico for a third season, which is set to consist of 13 episodes. Patterson's other film and television credits include Person of Interest (CBS), Quarry (Cinemax), BrainDead (CBS) and Elementary (CBS).
Alumnus Marcel Spears ‘15 landed a breakout role with ABC's new comedy, The Mayor. From executive producer, Daveed Diggs (Tony Award winner for his role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton) who is also writing original music for the series. The Mayor tells the story of an unlikely mayor: "After years of toiling away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his bedroom closet, young rapper Courtney Rose is ready for his big break. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century—running for mayor of his hometown in California"
Last, but not least Nuah Ozryel '11 recurs on Season 3 of Mr. Robot and appears on Season 1 of The Looming Tower, Hulu's new production based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book that chronicles the events that led to the September 11 terrorist attacks.