In this week's "Indie Soap Beat" feature we reveal the latest happenings from around the world of independent soap opera and web series production. Click the show logos to visit the official websites.
Indie Soap Award winner EMPIRE released the trailer for Season Two this week and it looked great. You'll notice We Love Soaps in a cameo early in the clip. We Love Soaps had the opportunity to interview new EMPIRE star Tina Sloan recently and she had a blast working on the show. In describing her character, Theodora, Sloan said, "I'm totally bitchy. It was hysterical."
DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM released the Season Two finale on Thursday titled "Emasculated." Ocean learns the extent of Trina and Sammy's secrets. Eventually, she teaches Sammy the real meaning of manhood when an unexpected situation demands he "man up."
PREVIOUSLY ON POINT DUME is now airing at funnyordie.com. Every "webisode" will be a PREVIOUSLY ON POINT DUME style collection of clips from the previous episodes — and there'll never be a full-length episode, at least not for the foreseeable future. Instead, you'll see the soap-opera parody's storyline unfold through these little recaps.
STEAMBOAT released a hilarious fourth episode last week. Six-time Daytime Emmy winner Justin Deas shined. The episode earned STEAMBOAT the #1 spot in last week's Indie Soap of the Week poll. In case you missed our recent interview with creator Michael O'Leary, you can read it here. Executive producer and star Michael O'Leary will be participating in the first annual "We Love Soaps Weekend" May 21-23 at the Villa Roma Resort.
ANYONE BUT ME released an all new episode this week, "The Things We Know." Aster revisits her psychiatrist (guest star Liza Weil) and divulges that she hasn't told Vivian about her parents' divorce or the fact that she's seeing a therapist. ANYONE BUT ME is a finalist for the Streamys’ Audience Choice Awards. Go to vote.streamys.org to cast your vote. You can vote once a day until Aprril 11.
THE LIKE US SHOW has now aired 39 episodes. LIKE US is a radio soap opera that airs on the web and several radio stations around the country and stars Shirley Vernae Williams, Shola Adisa-Farrar, Frank Watson and Ciera Payton, among others. Set on the campus of the fictional Atlanta University, LIKE US tells the dramatic story of the lives of the students of this Historical Black University.
GOTHAM, along with WED-LOCKED, EMPIRE, THEN WE GOT HELP! and VENICE, was mentioned in recent article in Variety. GOTHAM will air its next all new episode on March 29. In the meantime, check out the latest "Just a Quickie" preview.
CHICK released the show's 18th episode on Monday. A confrontation with a stranger takes Lisa on a new path. You can watch it here. There are two more episodes left in Season One. To read Damon L. Jacobs' recent interview with the inspiring Kai Soremekun, check it out in three parts here, here and here. Soremekun was named Best Director at the recent Indie Soap Awards.
JACLIFE, from Slice.ca, is now in its third week. 24-year-old Jaclyn owns JacFlash, one of Toronto's best boutiques and she runs the store with her closest friends. By day they dress some of the city’s most fashionable and famous but when the store closes the party is just beginning for the girls of jacflash. The show released its latest episode, "A Day in the Life," this week. A typical Monday is anything but boring for the Jacflash family.
AS THE CORN GROWS returned with its 41st episode this week. Prairie Ann meets with Mrs. Swanson at Sweets and Eats headquarters to discuss a very special catered affair. ATCG is produced by Our Story Productions, a media company involved primarily in the production and distribution of television programs aired on public-access stations throughout Southern Minnesota.
PRETTY The Series aired its Season One finale this week. Where is Annette? Will Ribina and Ethan's affair be exposed? Will Royce finally find a way to kill Parker? Will Michael win the Miss Star Eyes Pageant? All your questions will be answered (kinda). The show's premise: Michael Champagne has one wish - to see his 5 year old daughter Annette win the Miss Star Eyes Pageant. It's not about who wins or loses, it's about who's PRETTY.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In case you missed it, check out Damon L. Jacobs' recent feature on "Gays on Indie Soaps" here.