Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hometown Meets Hollywood as St. Louisans Bond at NBC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hometown Meets Hollywood as St. Louisans Bond at NBC

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. * St. Louis met St. Louis at an NBC party celebrating the stars of its new season, and the result was a spirited round of "where'd you go to high school?"

Sterling K. Brown, one of the leads in NBC's new drama "This Is Us," had never met Colin Donnell, going into his second season on Dick Wolf's "Chicago Med." Introducing them was one of the highlights of the party, populated by everyone from Kristin Chenoweth ("Hairspray Live!") to Ted Danson (the new "The Good Place").

Brown (MICDS, Class of 1994) and Donnell (Kirkwood High School, 2001) were still talking, probably about Provel cheese, as publicists tried frantically to usher them off for picture taking.

Earlier, Donnell said he and his wife, Patti Murin, who starred together in Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn" at the Muny last summer, are happily living in Chicago, where "Chicago Med" shoots. The short distance means he gets home to St. Louis often.

Brown, nominated for an Emmy for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson," joked about being named a "promising newcomer" when he has actually been paying dues in Hollywood for 15 years.

In "This Is Us," Brown plays a husband and father who seeks out his own father, who abandoned him as an infant. In real life, he and his wife, actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, have two young sons and recently bought a house in Los Angeles. "This has been an amazing year," Brown said.

Also at the NBC party, writer-producer Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation") chatted about his new comedy, "The Good Place," starring Danson and Kristen Bell. But mostly, he talked about baseball; Schur is a student and fan of the game (and also the Boston Red Sox) who is always happy to talk about your team, whichever team that might be.

In the flash-forward finale of "Parks and Rec," Schur wrote that the Cubs had won the World Series, and he still thinks this will be their year. The Cardinals can't win every year; we have already won two World Series in the last decade, and if the Cubs are in it this fall, St. Louisans should root for our NL Central rivals, Schur said. …

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