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6 Feb 2010

“Heavy Sedation” TV series is back! Season three airs on WHYY-channel 12

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February 6, 2010 Category: Local Posted by:

‘Heavy Sedation,’ the nationally syndicated television series has a new Philadelphia home…WHYY -Channel 12

WHYY is the largest public television station in the Delaware Valley and the fourth largest in the United States. The first episode of Heavy Sedation’s third season at 11:30 PM, Sunday, Feb. 7.


“Heavy Sedation” is a weekly series of quirky, comedic and dramatic short stories created and produced by award winning filmmaker and Philadelphia native, Shannon Newby.


In the style of a repertory theater, ‘Heavy Sedation’ rotates the same actors, but they play completely different characters in different original stories. Sorne of the notable cast members are Brian Anthony Wilson of HBO’s ‘The Wire’ and David Smyrl best known for his work on the ‘Cosby Show’ and as Mr. Hanford owner of ‘Mr. Hooper’s Store’ on ‘Sesame Street.’


Newby, an avid Alfred Hitchcock fan and self proclaimed film geek, is always thrilled to share the hundreds of bizarre story ideas he’s been writing over the years while instilling his trademark glimmer of hope that many of his films contain. “I am very excited and honored to have my series air on WHYY. Ever since my days at Community College of Philadelphia, I always dreamed of having my work seen on Channel 12…now it’s coming true!”


Heavy Sedation has been called “a hip, funny twilight zone …” by local radio personality Charing Ball, and has been praised by the founder of the ‘Reel Black’ film screening series. Michael Dennis, who is touting that “Heavy Sedation has smart writing and tongue-in-cheek thrills. It

will keep you on the edge of your seat!”


The show originally debuted on WYBE-Channel 35 in November 2006. Within weeks, Heavy Sedation became one of the top 5 shows on the station. In April of 2007, the success of Heavy Sedation brought about national distribution with The National Education Television Association (NETA).


Heavy Sedation is now a nationally syndicated public television program that has aired on over 40 public television stations nationwide, as well as in Canada and Europe.


For more information, visit the show online at

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