Tuesday, October 20, 2009

INDIE SOAP BEAT: October 20, 2009

In this week's "Indie Soap Beat" feature, we take a look at the latest happenings from around the world of independent soap opera production. We Love Soaps now has a shortcut to all our Indie Soap cover. You can view those posts by clicking the "Indie" option at the top of the page or by visiting IndieSoapBeat.com. You can get to any of the show's websites by clicking their logo.

GOTHAM went into production over the weekend and shot the first four episodes of the series. We Love Soaps was on hand and conducted a special interview with producer/writer/star Martha Byrne (Catherine) and co-star Anne Sayre (Tina). During the interview, Michael Park (Richard) interrupted and took over! The end result was funny and charming. You can watch it on the new episode of WE LOVE SOAPS TV. Also, check out the show's cool new logo released on Tuesday.

REALITY BYTES is a multi-platform web series about the faux-soap, BEYOND REASON. Producers Tristan Rogers and Kate Lang recently announced that Suzanne Niedland had joined the cast as writer Karen Walton. In a new interview on the show's website, Niedland shared her excitement about the show and working with Tristan Rogers again (they worked together on Opportunity Knocks): "I love the idea of an interactive website and the soap opera webisode. People are so busy these days that being able to watch a 5 minute episode on your iPod, computer or television is very reasonable and appreciated! The concept for this show is outstanding and I am very excited to be part of it."

Tina Sloan (Katherine) and Hillary B. Smith (Guya) filmed their first scenes last week as VENICE began production. Sloan tweeted about her character: "I am really funny on VENICE. What fun it was to be comedic and not serious. Like being with Buzz on GL - laughing the day away." Smith added cryptically: "Sitting in a noreaster thinking of Tina's face when I sniffed her." Stay tuned. VENICE is set to debut sometime around Thanksgiving.

We Love Soaps recently caught up with WED-LOCKED producers and stars Lawrence Saint-Victor (Robert) and Karla Mosley (Denise). Mosley shared how the idea for the show came about: "The idea actually came from my mother. My mother has a million ideas. She said, 'You and Lawrence should do a spinoff, you guys need to keep working together.' I said to Lawrence, “My mom said you and I should do something together. And he said, 'That’s a great idea! Hel-lo? Why didn’t you tell me this five months sooner?'" You can catch part of their interview on the pilot episode of WE LOVE SOAPS TV.

The latest episode of Lauralee Bell's web comedy, FAMILY DINNER, is now playing at FunnyorDie.com. As with Episode 3, this family dinner features guest star Cloris Leachman, who plays Bell's mother. The episode has nearly 5,000 views in its first week.

Episode #5 of FANTASY OVER REALITY, the web sitcom that revolves around a group of guys and their fantasy football league, is now up on the show's website. Y&R's Vail Bloom has significant screen time in this one and is quite funny. Bloom, a Patriots fan, plays Sarah Smith in the series. Check it out!

EMPIRE creator Greg Turner's new musical, "All Fall Down," was a smashing success at this year's New York Musical Theatre Festival. Tickets were hard to come by for the show, but We Love Soaps' Damon L. Jacobs managed to catch it and wrote a glowing review: "The very able cast manages to portray a tricky balance between expressing loving non-verbal connection and painful alienation from one another. Two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa amuses and amazes as the outspoken court-TV addicted grandmother who is the first member to stand up and take action against the oppressive muting of communication." Look for season two of EMPIRE in early 2010.

Episode #9 of WORKSHOP, "A Little Cocky," is now online. The comedy was created by Nate Golon and Kimberly Legg and stars former PASSIONS actor Phillip Jeanmarie. In the episode, Matthew's on set shooting a crime drama, Vivian and Sarah both have big auditions coming up, and Jeff, Adam, and Kaitlyn are trying to take a workshop.

The IMAGINARY BITCHES Emmy special continues to be a YouTube hit surpassing 23,000 views and still going strong. We Love Soaps made a guest appearance so if you haven't watched the Emmy special and seen our "funny" facial expressions, check it out here and let us know what you think.

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