Titan TV students explore new genre with show Rosemary Park

Kellie Wambold

Titan TV is branching out with its new show “Rosemary Park,” a crime drama where a detective and small-town journalist team up to solve a murder. Megan Lemire, the show’s writer and director, said she got the idea for the show when she was watching ABC’s Castle. “I wanted it to be similar but have more of a small-town feel to it,” Lemire said. Lemire’s inspiration for the show means that “Rosemary Park” is a crime drama, a genre that isn’t done often on Titan TV. “Titan TV likes to try new things, which is why I was intrigued to work on this project,” Alden Frautschy, the show’s sound editor, said. “I thought a crime drama was a fun and new project.” Frautschy said “Rosemary Park” will stand out against other shows that Titan TV has done recently. “It’s not your standard college TV show because it doesn’t take place on a college campus, which makes the show more credible,” Frautschy said. “It’s about more than college students.” Ryan Knuteson, who plays Detective Edison and has worked on several Radio-TV-Film projects, said he enjoyed working on a new genre. “It was really fun to work on a genre that Titan TV doesn’t usually do,” Knuteson said. Knuteson also said the show is interesting because of its compelling characters. “I think a show like ‘Rosemary Park’ is wonderful because it’s just as much about the character relationships as it is about solving the crime itself,” Knuteson said. Knuteson said he enjoyed playing Edison because he was a complex character with different layers to uncover. “He may come off as abrasive at points, but it’s ultimately because he doesn’t want to see anyone close to him get hurt,” Knuteson said. Knuteson said the characters are fun to watch interact, especially the two lead characters, Edison and small-town journalist, Allie. “Hopefully Edison and Allie are the next Mulder and Scully or Castle and Beckett,” Knuteson said. “Rosemary Park,” like many other Titan TV shows, presented the cast and crew with the challenge of long shoot days, but Knuteson said those longs days are always worth it. “I’ll take a long day on set over being stuck in a classroom any day of the week,” Knuteson said. Tess Kraly, who plays Allie, said it was her first time working with Titan TV, so the shoots were daunting at first. “Some days we had to wake up early and go all day, but being with the cast and crew was so much fun,” Kraly said. Knuteson said the long days helped bring the cast and crew together, which helped make the show even better. “It really is amazing how quickly you can form friendships and bonds working on a project like this,” Knuteson said. Lemire said students will like this project. “I feel like students will appreciate the dry humor that is sprinkled throughout the mystery,” Lemire said. Along with mystery and humor, Lemire said she wanted to tackle harder subjects with the show as well. “We deal with darker subjects in the show,” Lemire said. “I want people to watch it and realize these problems are everywhere, and that they are not alone.” Kraly said overall students will be drawn into the show’s engaging and surprising story. “I don’t think students will see some of the things coming during the show,” Kraly said. “It keeps you on the edge of your seat.”