Hudson Valley and Westchester Celebrities Starring in Fall 2012 TV Shows
Local actors and actresses represent their hometowns in fall 2012’s television season
By Marisa LaScala
New Girl © 2012 Fox Broadcasting Co., photograph by Dewey Nicks/FOX
As the fall TV season starts to heat up, you might see a few familiar faces. Did that attractive young man in the new CW show go to your high school? Did you bump into that distinguished-looking lady at the grocery store? Here, our guide to where you can find locals on screen this season, so you don’t have to scratch your head and wonder where you’ve seen them all before. Look for your neighbors and former neighbors in:
New Girl (Tuesday 9 p.m., FOX)
Before he was stealing scenes from Zooey Deschanel as Schmidt in New Girl, Max Greenfield was cutting up in Dobbs Ferry — where he reportedly had a Saturday Night Live-themed bar mitzvah.
» Learn more about New Girl actor Max Greenfield here
Arrow (Wednesday 8 p.m., CW)
The connection to this comic-book-based CW series is only behind-the-scenes, but the show was developed by Greg Berlanti, a native of Rye. He was also an executive producer on this summer’s Political Animals — based ever-so-loosely on the life of Chappaqua neighbor Hillary Clinton (and a show I quite enjoyed).
Guys with Kids (Wednesday 8:30 p.m., NBC)
Another behind-the-scenes connection in this dad-centric sitcom, but this time from a famous face: Saugerties’ Jimmy Fallon is an executive producer. Maybe he’ll have time to take a break from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to show off his goofy grin on the set.
» Learn more about TV host Jimmy Fallon here
Suburgatory (Wednesday 8:30 p.m., ABC)
No stars from our area grace this show, but if it seems eerily familiar, it’s because the fish-out-of-water sitcom is supposed to be set in the suburbs north of New York City.
» Read our review of Surburgatory here
Nashville (Wednesday 10 p.m., ABC)
The half-All About Eve, half-Country Strong melodrama has Palisades native Hayden Panettiere playing a young country-music ingénue. Show them your Rockland County twang, Hayden!
Community (Friday 8:30 p.m., NBC)
Though there were reports that Bedford Corners’ Chevy Chase repeatedly clashed with series creator Dan Harmon on this community-college-set sitcom, it’s actually Harmon who was ousted, giving us another year of Chase as the prickly Pierce Hawthorne.
666 Park Avenue photograph courtesy of ABC
The Good Wife (Sunday 9 p.m., CBS)
Not only was series star Julianna Margulies born in Spring Valley, she attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville. No wonder she has such a sharply honed legal mind.
The Celebrity Apprentice (Sunday 9 p.m., NBC)
Another season, another chance for Bedford’s Donald Trump to amass a random collection of notable names and yell at them about how to run a business.
666 Park Avenue (Sunday 10 p.m., ABC)
This supernatural soap is a bevy of locals: Not only does it star Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams — whom we’ve been accustomed to seeing on our TV on Sunday nights — it co-stars Suffern’s Dave Annable as Henry Martin, the new co-manager of the (possibly haunted?) building, and Yonkers’ Erik Palladino as the building’s doorman.
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