Spiel­berg-pro­duced TV show film­ing at old New­ton High

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

Hey “Hol­ly­wood of the South” fans, here comes an­other one.

A new ABC Stu­dios TV se­ries called “Red Band So­ci­ety” will film at the old New­ton High School Sept. 2-5 af­ter the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion for use of school fa­cil­i­ties and Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey’s rec­om­men­da­tion Tues­day night at its monthly meet­ing.

“The school sys­tem sup­ports this use of fa­cil­i­ties agree­ment and is work­ing dili­gently with ABC Stu­dios to plan this en­deavor around school/sys­tem ac­tiv­i­ties,” Fuhrey wrote to board mem­bers.

The show, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Steven Spiel­berg and his Am­blin Tele­vi­sion, looks into the lives of a group of teenagers liv­ing in Los An­ge­les’ Ocean Park Hos­pi­tal with vary­ing types of ill­nesses and dis­or­ders. Ac­cord­ing to Fox’s web­site, it’s a “provoca­tive, un­con­ven­tional and unique com­ing-of-age dram­edy about a group of rule-bend­ing friends and the adults who men­tor them through the ups and down of ado­les­cence … Ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing from

strong friend­ships, and first loves, to hu­mor­ous mishaps and heart­breaks, the se­ries is a story of life, with an edgy comedic tone all its own.”

Oc­tavia Spencer, who won a best sup­port­ing ac­tress Os­car for her role in “The Help” (2011), stars as Nurse Jack­son, a “care­giver with a take-no-pris­on­ers ap­proach” who “puts her own life sec­ond.” Dave Annable (“Broth­ers & Sisters” and “666 Park Av­enue”) also stars as the “hot doc” and coun­try’s top pe­di­atric sur­geon.

“Red Band So­ci­ety” deals with a range of rea­sons that may cause teenagers to be­come hos­pi­tal in-pa­tients, from cys­tic fi­bro­sis to eat­ing dis­or­ders to co­mas.

The gym in the un­used New­ton High School will trans­form into a home­com­ing dance scene, ac­cord­ing to the use of fa­cil­i­ties ap­pli­ca­tion.

Brad Smith, lo­ca­tion man­ager for ABC Stu­dios sub­mit­ted the ap­pli­ca­tion Au­gust 18. A ne­go­ti­ated agree­ment to a base rate of $5,000 to be paid to the school sys­tem was signed on Au­gust 19.

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