Alumna Writing for New Nickelodeon Series

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Almost 30 years ago, Laurie Parres stood for the first time on a TV sitcom set as part of a study abroad with MSU's Mass Media Studies in London, and she hasn't walked away from the television industry since.

While still a CAS student, majoring in telecommunication, Parres interned at Mary Tyler Moore's production company and hired there full time after graduation.

Since then, she's written episodes of Full House, The Martin Short Show, Charmed and Whoopi, among others. She's also worked on the production crew of Spin City and The Golden Girls.

Most recently, Parres found herself in the exact same writers' room where she got her first shot on Full House and where she is now a writer for Wendell & Vinnie, a Nickelodeon series.

Wendell & Vinnie, starring Jerry Trainor and Buddy Handleson, is a comedy produced for adults and families for Nick at Nite. The show tells the story of Vinnie, a storeowner living in California who becomes the legal guardian of his nephew, Wendell, after Wendell's parents die.

A group of MSU students visited the set of "Wendell & Vinnie" on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, Calif., in March.

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CAS Alum Debuts Urban Wellness TV Series

Posted on: November 19, 2012

OurHealthTelecommunications alum and president of OurHealth Media Network, Lillian Preston has created the first weekly health and wellness television series aimed at urban communities, titled “OurHealth Urban”. The program, which premiered on November 13 on Detroit’s WTVS-Channel 56, was created to address the alarming rates of chronic disease, death and disability occurring in urban communities. 

“So many of our city’s most vulnerable suffer and die prematurely from diseases and conditions that are preventable,” said Ms. Preston. “Our goal with “OurHealth Urban” is to address this issue by providing relevant, quality programming that informs, educates and empowers individuals to better manage their health.”

“OurHealth Urban” is produced in partnership with the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Detroit Public Television, Pfizer, S3 Medical and Whole Foods to provide information that motivates positive health behaviors in an engaging format. The program is being hosted by the Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health at Wayne State University School of Medicine and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation Dr. Herbert Smitherman Jr.

“The number of people affected by diabetes and hypertension in Detroit is almost doubling each decade. Improving access to care, educating the public and our patients, and helping them better manage lifestyle choices are the most effective ways to address the broad disparities that exist within our city,” Dr. Smitherman said, “We need to invest in the tools and resources people need to get healthy and stay healthy. It’s really the only way to work toward effectively managing the chronic disease epidemic in this country and subsequently controlling rising costs of health care.”

The program is set to feature chronic disease education, interviews with leading health experts, personal stories, healthy eating and cooking segments, fitness tips and health trivia, among other topics and will air next on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

OurHealth Media Network is a leading producer of culturally relevant health education and wellness video as well as a resource for comprehensive health communication and media services. 

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