Kristoffer Polaha in "Life Unexpected."
When “Life Unexpected” premieres tonight on The CW, nobody will be more anxious to see the response than former Reno resident Kristoffer Polaha.
The 32-year-old actor stars in the series, along with Shiri Appleby (“Roswell”), Brittany Robertson (“Dan in Real Life”) and Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek”), and he has high hopes for its future.
“So far, this has been a really cool experience, and we’re going to see what happens with the show next week,” he said. “It’s got a really great heart. Every script is better than the last one.”
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"Darwin's Darkest Hour" star Frances O'Connor with Reno-based producer Norman Stephens.
When National Geographic Television executives decided to take a break from documentary filmmaking and create the company’s first fully-scripted docu-drama, they turned to Reno-based producer Norman Stephens.
The movie was to examine the life of British scientist Charles Darwin, and Stephens, who has more than two decades of television experience, saw it as an ideal project.
“Everyone’s sort of mourning the death of the TV movie, and I think that we’re finding new avenues to use the TV-movie format,” Stephens said. “I think that it’s going to be embraced. I don’t think the TV movie is dead.”
It’s certainly not dead this week. The finished film, “Darwin’s Darkest Hour,” is debuting Tuesday as the kickoff to the new season of “Nova” on PBS, and Stephens said he’s pleased to be closing in on the air date.
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Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimly will be at the Silver Legacy on Saturday night, and they’re bringing Martin Short along for the ride. Or maybe it’s the other way round. With Short, an actor who immerses himself in every role, it’s tough to tell.
In Reno, Short — and his many characters — will deliver a showcase smacking of everything from Broadway to sketch comedy.
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Dr. Adrianne Ahern says people are often their own worst enemies, and many don’t even know it.
The scratch golfer who can’t move to the pros. The accomplished writer who suffers from blocks. The actor who gets jitters before auditions. Ahern, a Reno-based psychologist, says anyone can overcome such troubles by simply re-wiring their brains, and she’s developed a system to help.
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After two decades in show business, Madchen Amick knows how painful it is to watch a project fail.
- Madchen Amick
“Unfortunately, you have to learn to really be passionate and love what you do and really dedicate yourself to the time that you do it,” the Reno-born actress said. “You just can’t get too attached. It hurts too much.”
Amick, who grew up in Reno, has been working steadily in Hollywood for about 20 years, and she’s hoping her latest project is pain free. She has a key supporting role in “My Own Worst Enemy,” an NBC drama starring Christian Slater as a spy with a split personality.
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Reno-raised actor Kristoffer Polaha said it was tough when he learned that his most recent sitcom project, “Miss/Guided,” was canceled.
He starred across from comedian Judy Greer in the short-lived ABC show and said he loved every minute of the production process.
“It was such a joy to be part of,” Polaha said. “Everyone thought we were going to get picked up (for a longer run). We’d just got nominated for a Teen Choice Award. “» Then, next thing we know, I get a call from (director) Todd Holland, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, Steven McPherson, the president of ABC, has decided that he’s not going to pick it up.’”
The sting diminished just 11 days later, when Polaha learned he had landed a lead role on the dramedy, “Valentine.”
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