Oct. 26, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - CBS College Sports Network's "The Tony Barnhart Show", a new weekly one-hour primetime college football talk show, will feature actress and former Alabama cheerleader Sela Ward, who is currently starring in the movie The Stepfather, on Tuesday, October 27, at 8 p.m. Central Time.
Ward is an award-winning actress and UA alumna who gave the commencement address to Alabama graduates in May of 2005. Best known for her portrayals of Lily Sammler on "Once and Again" and Teddy Reed on "Sisters", Ward is a 1977 graduate of UA's College of Communication and Information Sciences. She received two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her work on "Once and Again" and "Sisters".
"The Tony Barnhart Show" airs each Tuesday throughout the college football season.
Ward's additional television credits include made-for-television movies such as "The Reef", "Double Jeopardy", "Killer Rules", "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy" and "Bridesmaids"; and appearances on television series including, "L.A. Law", "Night Court", "Saturday Night Live" and "Frasier".
Her cinematic credits include "The Day After Tomorrow", "Havana Nights", "The Fugitive", "My Fellow Americans", "Hello Again", "Nothing in Common", "Rustler's Rhapsody", and "The Man Who Loved Women".
Ward and her husband, Howard Sherman, were instrumental in the creation of an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children awaiting placement in foster homes in her hometown of Meridian, Miss., called the Hope Village for Children which was founded in 2000 and has become a model for a nationwide network of similar shelters.
In 2002, Ward released her first book, "Homesick: A Memoir", which appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. Part inspirational story, part memoir, the book tells of Ward's quest to balance the comforts of her small-town childhood and her way of life as an adult in a large city.