Sunday, January 8, 2012
Web Series Worth Watching: Charlie Williams in Submissions Only
Before we get to this week's web series, I want to give a shout-out to We Love Soaps TV's 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards, which will be presented to the best scripted, serialized web series of 2011 on February 21. Some of my favorite series were nominated, including The Bay/Far From The Bay, The Cavanaughs, DeVanity, Empire, Husbands, Hustling, In Between Men, PRETTY, Ragged Isle and Secrets. Click here for a complete list of nominees - and you can click here to vote for the Fan's Choice Indie Soap of the Year.
Web Series of the Week: Submissions Only
Created, written, and directed by Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, this delightful comedy began online in October 2010, but I only recently became a fan. So I am now adding the show to my list of "Web Series Worth Watching" - and I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as I do.
Submissions Only is about auditioning for theatre in New York City, and it follows a group of friends who work in this glorious business we call "show". To catch up on the series' first season - which features such special guest stars as Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera, Michael Rupert, Rachel Dratch and Rebecca Luker - go to www.submissionsonly.com. And below you can watch the first two episodes of Season 2, which introduce a hunky Charlie Williams as Seth, the shirtless handyman of a gay couple. The entire cast is wonderful - including creator Kate Wetherhead as an actress who was injured during a tour of Mean Girls (a musical version of the 2004 film) - but Jared Gertner (whom I saw in Broadway's The Book of Mormon last summer) nearly steals the show as Randall, an aspiring musical-loving actor.
You can also become a fan of Submissions Only on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.
PLEASE NOTE: The next Web Series Worth Watching will be on Sunday, January 22.
Other web series worth watching this week are:
In the explosive Mid-Season Finale, Brian receives a surprise at the altar on his wedding day. To get caught up on The Bay, go to www.thebaytheseries.com. You can also become a member of The Bay's Facebook Group and follow the series on Twitter.
BULK - The Series
The drama continues in this series set in the NYC Bear community as Leo catches up with his ex, Guy. For more BULK, go to www.bulktheseries.com or subscribe to its YouTube Channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook.
This addictive drama ends its third season with a bang as Hope crashes Charley's homecoming party to reveal a few more secrets (including one about Noreen that made my head spin), Bryan finds a familiar surprise on his doorstep, and someone gets shot. It's a fabulous soapy season finale - and I must congratulate both creator Adrian Morales for producing the best season so far of The Cavanaughs AND actress Camille Bennett for her deliciously bitchy performance as Hope. I look forward with excited anticipation for Season 4!
To watch previous episodes of The Cavanaughs, go to www.the-cavanaughs.com or subscribe to its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.
In the latest episode of this sexy dramedy, Ryan parties with a wealthy couple - and actor Brent Barrett guest stars (he played Tony Barclay - Jenny Gardner Nelson's killer - on TV's All My Children from 1983-84). For more Hustling, you can subscribe to its YouTube Channel and become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.
Old Dogs & New Tricks
After debuting its pilot episode last July, this groovy web series now returns with four new episodes as it continues the story of four successful, middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood - talent agent Nathan (Leon Acord); Brad (Curt Bonnem), a one-hit wonder from the late '80s; Muscles (Jeffrey Patrick Olson), a hunky personal trainer; and Ross (David Pevsner), a former TV star. In Part 1 of the season premiere, the guys gather to celebrate Nathan's 50th birthday and bump into his bitchy 'frenemy' Nelson Van Eddy (special guest star Bruce L. Hart).
To watch the pilot episode of Old Dogs & New Tricks, go to olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com or subscribe to its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.
In this week's hilarious episode, guns are fired and unexpected kisses are exchanged during the Miss Black Star Eyes Pageant - and Martha Byrne and Melanie Hutsell return as guest stars. To catch up on PRETTY, go to www.prettytheseries.com or subscribe to its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.
Spin the Bottle
This web series features a happy gay couple played by series creator Matthew Barnard and actor/singer/model Joel Evan Tye, whose handsome hunkiness is definitely worth watching. For more Spin the Bottle, go to www.spinthebottletv.com or subscribe to its YouTube Channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook.
Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies
The fabulous film critic ends 2011 with a review of The Lion in Winter (1968), starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, and begins the new year with Mogambo (1953), starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly. For more TOQ, subscribe to his YouTube Channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook or follow Steve on Twitter.
The amusing adventures of the self-absorbed former Full House actress continue as Mary-Kate learns the truth about Santa Claus and gives another classroom presentation. To experience Very Mary-Kate from the very beginning, go to her website, verymarykate.com. You can also become a Facebook fan or follow the series on Twitter.
In the latest episode, Fiona (Lisa Kudrow) jumps to the conclusion that the new royal marriage is in trouble while speaking to her first international client who works at Buckingham Palace. To watch previous episodes, go to www.lstudio.com/web-therapy. You can also become a fan on Facebook.