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‘The Bucknellian’ sitcom coming to NBC

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After several months of revising scripts and reshoots, our staff is proud to announce that our mockumentary sitcom “The Bucknellian” has been picked up by NBC and will start airing on Thursdays at 9 p.m. The show centers on the everyday lives of writers and editors of The Bucknellian staff as they struggle through ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, controversial articles, and the chaos that ensues on Production Night.

The show stars Barbara Bell ’18 as the Editor-in-Chief of The Bucknellian. Bell went to great lengths to get into character, purchasing a “World’s Greatest Editor” mug and spending several weeks in the Lewisburg Penitentiary to become her alter-ego, “Prison Barb.” When asked about her time acting on set, Bell recalled how she overcame personal doubts to give the best performance possible.

“I have flaws,” Bell said. “What are they? Oh, I don’t know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I’ll hit somebody with my car. So sue me.”

Rounding out the talented cast are Caroline Fassett ’18 and Lynn Korsun ’18, as the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief and Print Presentation Secretary, respectively. Fassett was especially eager to take part in the production, citing her love for the nostalgic shows of her youth.

“Nostalgia is truly one of the great human weaknesses,” Fassett said. “Second only to the neck.”

When asked about her ambitions for the show, Korsun expressed her hope that audiences enjoy her character on the show, stating that she did not want a single viewer to be disappointed.

“I hate the idea that someone out there hates me,” Korsun said. “I even hate that Al-Qaeda hates me. I think if they got to know me, they wouldn’t hate me.”

The pilot episode for “The Bucknellian” will be posted online within the next few weeks. The newspaper staff hopes that this revolutionary television program will bring their unique stories to life.

“Would I rather be feared or loved?” Bell asked. “Umm…easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

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