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Hollywood Stars Share their Faith in New TV Show

Jenn Gotzon during the filming.

Jenn Gotzon during the filming.

By Dan Wooding, ASSIST Ministries, September 2013

BROOKLYN, NY (ANS) – Hollywood stars, Joe Estevez and Jenn Gotzon, are among those featured in a new show called Portraits of Faith that is featured on New Evangelization Television (NET), and hosted and produced by Terence Donnellan.

Portraits is the brainchild of NET executive producer Craig Tubiolo and Donnellan.

“Portraits of Faith looks at what role religious faith plays in shaping an individual’s personal and professional life. It’s like MTV’s Behind the Music, but this time with God,” says Donnellan.

The show began on Aug. 1, and is airing each Thursday at 9 PM ET on Cablevision Channel 30 and Time Warner Cable Channel 97 in the New York City area. Viewers around the world can watch the show online at And across the USA, NET shows are on Verizon FiOS On Demand. To watch NET shows on Verizon FiOS, select the “Religion” folder, then “NET Catholic.”

NET’s exclusive Portraits of Faith include:

A clip from the show

On the first edition of the show on Aug. 1, was Joe Estevez, the younger brother of actor Martin Sheen and the uncle of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez. He is an actor in more than more than 240 films, writer, director, producer for film, theater and TV. He stars with John Schneider, Jenn Gotzon and Robert Davi in the feature film Doonby, to be released in movie theaters on Nov 1. During the program, he shares his powerful testimony and how he became filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then on Aug. 15 it was the turn of Seamus McDonagh, a heavyweight boxer and Golden Gloves champion, who fought Evander Holyfield for the World Boxing Council Heavyweight title in 1990. Seamus is a theater and film actor, and writer/director of the short film Tomato Can.

On Aug. 29, it was TJ English, journalist and bestselling author of The Westies, Born to Kill, Paddy Wacked, Havana Nocturne, The Savage City and, most recently, Whitey’s Payback.

Sept. 12 & Sept. 26 is Jenn Gotzon, who has 46 acting roles to her credit, including her mainstream breakthrough in Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon; God’s Country on DVD, directed by her husband Chris Armstrong; Dragon Day directed by Jeffrey Travis; Ray Bengston’s Alone Yet Not Alone, in movie theaters September 27; and Peter Mackenzie’s Doonby, in theaters on November 1. In 2012, she joined NET as spokeswoman to promote its inspiring Catholic and family-friendly programming.

Jenn Gotzon told ANS, “We filmed my episode under the Brooklyn Bridge this past winter when it was burr cold (hence all the layers,) seconds after Net TV did photo-shoot for their Verizon FiOS campaign. I talk about the challenging tests that make up my testimony pursuing the passion I have to impact and inspire audiences through the art of storytelling in movies pursuing a career in acting.”

You can see the trailer for her appearance at

On Oct. 10 & Oct. 24, the guest is Joe Manno, a comedian, Emmy winner for All in 1, and bestselling author of A Fighting Chance. At schools across America, and most recently South Africa, Joe has encouraged hundreds of thousands of kids to respect themselves, respect their peers, and avoid drug abuse, violence and joining gangs.


Airdate TBD: Quinton Aaron, the star of the Oscar winner The Blindside with Sandra Bullock. Quinton’s other movies include Be Kind Rewind; Paranormal Movie; and upcoming films The Appearing; 1982; and Broken Doll.

New Evangelization Television is a branch of DeSales Media Group, official media outreach of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Dan Wooding, 72, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 50 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards — the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel about the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother called “Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary.” To order a copy, go to:

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