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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Web Series Worth Watching: DeVanity returns for its final season of delicious drama



Before we get to this week's web series, I want to give a shout-out to some of my favorite shows that recently received nominations from the 5th Annual Indie Series Awards. Presented by We Love Soaps TV, the awards will take place on April 2 at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood (click here for a complete list of nominees).
  • The Bay for Best Ensemble - Drama and Best Makeup
  • Bloomers for Best Directing - Comedy, Best Supporting Actress - Comedy (Swati Kapila), Best Guest Star - Comedy (Darin Brooks), Best Ensemble - Comedy, Best Makeup and Best Soundtrack
  • BULK for Best Lead Actor - Drama (J. Julian Christopher)
  • Destroy the Alpha Gammas for Best Production Design and Best Editing
  • DeVanity for Best Web Series - Drama, Best Writing - Drama, Best Supporting Actor - Drama (Kyle Lowder), Best Guest Star - Drama (Gordon Thomson and Charlene Tilton), Best Makeup and Best Production Design
  • EastSiders for Best Directing - Drama, Best Lead Actor - Drama (Van Hansis), Best Supporting Actor - Drama (Matthew McKelligon), Best Supporting Actress - Drama (Constance Wu), Best Guest Star - Drama (Traci Lords) and Best Ensemble - Drama
  • Fumbling thru the Pieces for Best Writing - Comedy, Best Guest Star - Comedy (Christian LeBlanc) and Best Ensemble - Comedy
  • He's With Me for Best Supporting Actor - Comedy (John Cramer) and Best Supporting Actress - Comedy (Darcie Siciliano)
  • Husbands for Best Web Series - Comedy, Best Directing - Comedy, Best Writing - Comedy, Best Lead Actor - Comedy (Brad Bell), Best Guest Star - Comedy (Amy Acker) and Best Editing
  • Hustling for Best Web Series - Drama, Best Writing - Drama, Best Lead Actor - Drama (Sebastian La Cause), Best Lead Actress - Drama (Daphne Rubin-Vega), Best Supporting Actor - Drama (Andrew Glaszek and Gerald McCullouch), Best Supporting Actress - Drama (Sharon Washington), Best Guest Star - Drama (Stephen Guarino) and Best Soundtrack
  • The Inn for Best Cinematography
  • Ragged Isle for Best Cinematography and Best Editing
  • Tainted Dreams for Best Lead Actress - Drama (Alicia Minshew) and Best Ensemble - Drama
  • Thurston for Best Web Series - Drama, Best Directing - Drama, Best Writing - Drama, Best Lead Actress - Drama (Colleen Zenk), Best Guest Star - Drama (Walt Willey) and Best Costume Design
  • Wallflowers for Best Supporting Actor - Comedy (Gibson Frazier) and Best Ensemble - Comedy
Web Series of the Week: DeVanity
The fourth and final season of this Dynasty-esque soap opera begins with Jason DeVanity confessing to a priest about the aftermath of last season's shocking cliffhanger. Did Jason's wife Lara survive the hit-and-run? And did Jason's sister Bianca and her husband Alex survive Jackie's knife attack? You will learn the answers to both questions in the season opener - along with an elegantly bitchy guest appearance by actress Sheree J. Wilson (who played April Stevens on Dallas). And hunky new series regular Tim Hammer (see above pic) will be showing up in a future episode as will guest stars Steve Kanaly (Dallas) and Andrea Evans (One Life to Live, Passions). Although I'm sad that this series is coming to an end, I have no doubt that creator Michael Caruso will be giving us a wild ride of deliciously twisted drama right up until the very last moment.

To catch up on the first three seasons of DeVanity, go to www.devanity.com. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.



PLEASE NOTE: The next Web Series Worth Watching will be on Sunday, March 2.

Other web series worth watching this week are:

The Boys Who Brunch
Season 1 of this gay web series ended in September 2011, but now it's finally back with brand new episodes. Described as "Sex and the City meets Queer as Folk", TBWB tells the story of Mason Boyd (played by creator Mike Mitchell, Jr.) and his three friends - Elliott, Chad and Ray. And in the Season 2 opener, Mason tries to cope with the shocking news he received from his ex, while Elliott discovers that it's a small world after all. To catch up on Season 1, go to www.theboyswhobrunch.com. You can also become a fan of the series on Facebook and Twitter.



Hustling
It's time for some more binge-watching of this sexy dramedy. In the latest episodes, Geoffrey makes an awkward pass, Julien gets upset with being Ryan's "buddy", and Ryan and Jay pay a visit to Fire Island. For more Hustling, go to www.hustling.tv or subscribe to its YouTube Channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.





Steam Room Stories
In the latest Valentine's Day episode, Andrew Christian model Pablo Hernandez heats things up in his Steam Room debut. For more SRS, subscribe to its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.




Submissions Only
This wonderful web sitcom about the friendship of two NYC theater professionals - actress Penny Reilly (Kate Wetherhead) and casting director Tim Trull (Colin Hanlon) - will be returning for a third season on March 3. Below you can check out their new Season 3 trailer. To catch up on the first two seasons of Submissions Only, go to www.submissionsonly.com. You can also become a fan of the series on Facebook and Twitter.



Where the Bears Are
This award-winning gay comedy mystery web series has been described as "The Golden Girls meets Murder, She Wrote, but with big hairy gay men" - and now you can help the show return for a third season by donating to its Kickstarter fundraising campaign. To catch up on the Bears' first two seasons, go to wherethebearsare.tv. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.

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