Wheeling native Sean Hennen has joined the writing staff of the new CBS drama, "Person of Interest."
Hennen is not at liberty to say much about his work as a staff writer for the new show because of a confidentiality agreement, but area fans can follow his work (and that of the other staff writers) when the hour-length drama airs at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
The son of Mike and Sherry Hennen of Wheeling, Hennen is a graduate of Linsly School and Elon University. After graduating from college, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a screenwriter. He worked for the Lionsgate studio for a few years before going out on his own as a writer.
"Person of Interest," produced by J.J. Abrams (of "Lost" and "Super 8" fame), debuted Thursday, Sept. 22. The intense thriller stars Jim Caviezel (who played the title role in the film, "The Passion of the Christ") as a former CIA agent recruited by a billionaire computer geek (played by Michael Emerson) to stop crimes before they happen. Set in New York City, the dark drama is based on the premise that Emerson's character invented a secret machine that can predict who will be in danger. Developed for government usage after 9/11, the machine has a hidden component that supplies the billionaire with Social Security numbers of potential crime victims.
Meanwhile, Wheeling native Joshua Dobkin worked as the art department coordinator on the movie "Drive," which opened nationwide Friday, Sept. 16.
Dobkin, son of Benjamin Dobkin, a Wheeling business owner, moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in the movie industry. He has worked on two television shows, "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town." Currently, he is working in the art department on the TV series, "The Office."
Also, his father said, "Joshua is currently in the process of getting a script for a movie produced that could be ready for release sometime in 2012."
On a totally different note, I've learned that Mike Casto from Proctor is working as NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's engineer and jack man. (Forgive me, gentle readers, I have NO idea what a "jack man" does.)
Brad Klein, a representative of NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, said Casto has been a short-time coal miner, a Navy sonar operator and journeyman collegiate tight end at Glenville State College. He earned an engineering degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
Klein related that Casto helped Stewart receive the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race Award with his win in the GEICO 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway Monday, Sept. 19.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net