INDIE SOAP BEAT: November 25, 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 including the launch of GOTHAM and a sneak peak at our interview with the creators of PALISADES POOL PARTY.

GOTHAM launched on Monday night at following a chat with producer/star Martha Byrne. The premiere seemed to be well received by most. The biggest complaint by fans was wanting longer episodes (which is actually a good thing). During the chat, Byrne revealed that longtime GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kin Shriner was joining the cast. Look for more casting news soon.

PALISADES POOL PARTY creators Tai Fauci and Jack Monroe offered We Love Soaps insight into their indie soap in a new interview coming soon. Fauci reveals: "Jack and I were having a creative meeting and he says, 'PALISADES POOL PARTY', then we spent hours figuring out a concept to go along with his inspired title. The title was all his idea; the show was a fully collaborative process. Our first as a creative duo."

It is only nine days until the premiere of VENICE on December 4. If you haven't watched the show's teaser video you can do so here. YouTube has restored the teaser after removing it unexpectedly the day after it rolled out. Look for a make-over of the show's website before the show's premiere. Check out our recent Day of DAYS interview with VENICE producer/star Crystal Chappell here.

REALITY BYTES is looking for a theme song and may have found one. You can listen to "Swank," a potential theme, here and then let the producers know what you think.

The fourth episode of WED-LOCKED, "What's on the tube?" was released on Sunday at Who hasn't argued with their partners over what to watch on television? If you missed our video interview with with WED-LOCKED producers and stars Lawrence Saint-Victor (Robert) and Karla Mosley (Denise), you can watch it in three parts here, here and here.

Episode #8 of FANTASY OVER REALITY, "State of the Union," is now online on the show's website. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte will appear on next week's show.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star will no longer be appearing on THE REPUBLIC, scheduled for a February 2010 launch. According to the show's website: "Melody was enthused about starring in THE REPUBLIC, and planned to give it her all, but at the last minute 'an emergency' came up and she had to withdraw. We’re glad she told us up front, because that was very helpful. We hope her emergency resolves and we wish her well."

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