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October 16, 2012

CMU Lights Up Primetime; Grad Joins Mid-season Lineup

By Kelly Solman

GadFresh from his Broadway stint in the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon," Carnegie Mellon alumnus Josh Gad (A'03) is taking his talent to primetime in "1600 Penn," a new mid-season comedy series premiering on NBC.

The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues, like a grown kid who's forced to move back home, teenagers who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom desperately trying to win over the kids. They're loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everyone else - with one exception: they live in the White House.

There's never a dull moment in the Gilchrist White House. Gad plays the First Son, one of the administration's biggest liabilities but also the glue that holds this family together.

Gad is just one of the stars from CMU's School of Drama who are lighting up primetime TV this fall.
Check out:
  • Matt Bomer (A'00), White Collar, USA Network. (Former classmate Pablo Schreiber (A'00) joins him for an episode.)
  • Christian Borle (A'95), "SMASH," NBC
  • Ted Danson (A'72), "CSI," CBS
  • Cote de Pablo (A'00), "NCIS," CBS
  • Demetrius Grosse (A'05), "Justified," FX
  • Ian Harding (A'09), "Pretty Little Liars," ABC
  • Megan Hilty (A'04), "SMASH," NBC
  • Gabriel Macht (A'94), "Suits," USA Network
  • Joe Manganiello (A'04), True Blood, HBO
  • Michael McMillian (A'02), "True Blood," HBO
  • Katy Mixon (A'03), "Mike and Molly," CBS
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. (A'03), "SMASH," NBC
  • Aaron Staton (A'04), "Mad Men," AMC
  • Tamara Tunie (A'81), "Law and Order: SUV," NBC

And keep an eye on the credits. CMU has stars behind the scenes as well, from set designers to producers, writers and directors.

Check your local listings for dates and times.

Alumni Win Emmys

Two CMU alumni won Emmy Awards this year.

Alana Lorraine Billingsley (A'04) and Brian J. Stonestreet (A'88) both won for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming for their work on The 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Among this year's talented nominees were five more alumni from the School of Drama:
  • Edward Castro, III (A'76, A'77) - Outstanding Costumes For A Series, Once Upon A Time, Hat Trick
  • Eugene Lee (A'62) - Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming, Saturday Night Live
  • Edward L. Rubin (A'82) - Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, American Horror Story, Open House (Part 7)
  • John S. Shaffner (A'76) - Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series, Mike & Molly, Goin' Fishin', Valentine's Piggyback, The Wedding
  • Mark Worthington (A'91) - Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, American Horror Story, Open House (Part 7)

To date, CMU alumni have received 94 Emmy Awards and numerous nominations.

Stewart and ShaffnerTelevision production designers Joe Stewart (A'77) and John Shaffner (A'76) won a joint Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award this year and delivered a lecture called "Television by Design" during Ceilidh Weekend. Shaffner was nominated this year for an Emmy.