TV One Launches “Will To Live,” Orlando McNary Set to Star

TV One's "Will To Live" Premieres September 18th with Orlando McNary Making His Starring Debut in Episode Two's "Living Witness" on September 18th, 2011 at 8pm Eastern time.

Online PR News – 18-September-2011 – – Versatile actor Orlando McNary, recognizable from "The Orlando McNary Show," commercials, his many turns on the big screen and television can next be seen starring in TV One’s “Will To Live.” Viewers and loyal social media fans are anticipating his lead role in “Living Witness,” episode two of TV One’s newest addition to their primetime lineup already generating buzz for it's riveting content.

Once again demonstrating his range as an actor whose work has spanned the stage, movie and television screens, McNary plays a serial killer whose charm proved lethal to his victims. Based on a true story, the episode follows the story of "the Cleveland Strangler," and his surviving victim's escape. McNary's preparation for the role included studying court video depositions of Anthony Sowell. Honorably discharged from the Marines, Sowell once shared his home with the niece of the mayor of Cleveland. As a member of an online dating service, he stated that he was a "master looking for a submissive person to train." During the production of the episode, the serial killer was convicted and in August 2011 was sentenced to death for eleven bodies found in his home.

About Actor Orlando McNary

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri with a family nick name is Pooh Bear, McNary is named after baseball player Orlando Cepeda. An avid astronomer, Orlando took the initiative at fifteen to tutor others using slides he purchased from the planetarium which he carried around in his briefcase he brought to school. McNary attended primary military school Kennard in south Saint Louis.

In high school, Orlando began his drama studies gracing the stage for many performances. McNary excelled at multiple sports baseball, softball, football, later going on to work for baseball great Ozzie Smith. Mcnary graduated military school early due to his academic achievements, winning the prestigious "Malcolm Baldridge" presidential award.

McNary has a degree in electrical engineering, hydraulic technology, electromotive technology, and has worked for Toyota's hybrid heavy machinery division. McNary has restored three Porsches, himself a survivor of a near fatal car crash making a miraculous recovery. Considered lucky by his friends, Orlando once won a car in a radio contest. An avid motorcycle rider, Orlando has owned three at one time, and has used his special skills on set. McNary is married with children.

Orlando McNary's work has spanned the stage big, and small screens and includes hosting "The Orlando McNary Show" on Time Warner Cable. His special skills include voiceover, and has been in numerous print campaigns. McNary has trained at film school, and counts producer of a talk show among his industry experiences. Orlando McNary's creative team includes "acting coach to the stars" Ivan Markota where he continues his study of the craft. "I am extremely pleased to have had opportunity to work with "Will To Live" producer Bob Hughes, his staff and the entire TV One production team on their latest project, and look forward to future collaborations." said Mcnary of his experiences with the show.

About TV One's "Will To Live"

"Will To Live" tells the real stories of survival behind the news stories with first hand accounts of stories ripped from the headlines." The show debuts September 18th at 8pm Eastern time on TV One. "Living Witness," starring Orlando McNary debuts September 18th at 8pm. It tells the story of Gladys Wade who was knocked unconscious by Anthony Sowell, awoke in his house, fought off his attempts to stab and strangle her, then escaped. On September 22, 2009, Cleveland police, prompted by another woman’s report of assault and rape, arrived at Anthony Sowell’s home with an arrest warrant, and discovered 11 women’s bodies, six of whom might still be alive today had police heeded the warning of Gladys Wade. Gladys is still haunted by her near scrape with death wondering why she alone survived. “I keep thinking, why me? . . . Maybe it’s so I could speak for the victims.” Sowell pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 85 charges of murder, rape and kidnapping. He was convicted and sentenced to death in August 2011, and the execution is scheduled to take place in fall 2012.

TV One offers a broad range of lifestyle and entertainment-oriented programming and is available through multiple cable operators. "Will To Live" with Orlando McNary starring in the episode entitled "Living Witness" will premiere September 18th at 8 pm Eastern time.