A little slice of Hollywood

Published 10:37 am Friday, June 27, 2014

A flashing marquee, a red carpet, limousines, tuxedos and camera flashes can all be seen on Wednesday July 9. It may seem like Hollywood, but its downtown Ironton.

The premiere of Ironton native Mickey Fisher’s Sci-Fi television drama “Extant” will air at 9 p.m. on CBS and an ad hoc committee formed to ensure the residents of Fisher’s hometown can all feel as if they are in Los Angeles with him.

The events begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP preshow party at the Transit Café. The nearly 50 VIPs will then be transported by limousine to the Ro-Na Theater where they will walk the red carpet, just like in Hollywood.

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“This is a huge deal,” Jon Ferguson, executive director of Ironton aLive and ad hoc committee member, said. “This kind of thing just doesn’t happen often and we need to celebrate it to the fullest.”

As a young man Fisher loved movies and television. He particularly liked movies made by producer-director Steven Spielberg.

“My creative DNA was programmed by Spielberg movies,” he said. “When I was young, I went to the Midtown Cinema in Ashland and watched ‘E.T.’ over and over after it came out.”

Fast-forward to 2013 and Fisher, 40, got his big break in the screenwriting industry alongside the person he had idolized since his youth.

Fisher penned “Extant,” a 13-episode futuristic thriller about a female astronaut played by Halle Berry who struggles adjusting back to her family after a year in space and whose experiences change the course of human history.

The show is co-produced by Fisher, Spielberg and CBS.

“It’s really a story within itself,” Ferguson said. “Here’s a hometown guy who worked hard for 20 years and then burst onto the scene right along the biggest name in Hollywood and his childhood idol. It’s really amazing.”

Doors will open at the Ro-Na for the general public at 8 p.m. and at 8:45 p.m. Fisher will be interviewed via Skype by event master of ceremonies and WOWK personality Randy Yohe before the show begins at 9 p.m.

“There’s a lot of excitement building around this,” Ferguson said. “Putting this together was a large collaboration; we have a lot of people chipping in.”

Along with Ironton aLive and Friends of Ironton, Ferguson said the Fisher family, Ohio University Southern’s Brad Bear and Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization’s Matt DeLong helped organize the event.

The Friends of Ironton will host an afterparty at the Ro-Na. There is no admission charge.