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The TVLine-Up: 6 Web Series Worth Watching

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Happy Thanksgiving people of the web! While the turducken is in the oven, pop open the laptop and consume some tryptophan-free web content before a family member sends you out on a grocery run for gravy. This week, ’90s television stars awkwardly resurface, the elvin assassin wraps up her video-game inspired series, the crooner behind “Smelly Cat” logs back on to her web series, and soap superstar Genie Francis turns up on a wacky mockumentary. Go ahead, be thankful.

Aim High | Just as romance begins to bloom between Nick and Amanda, the arrival of Clancy Brown’s Big Bad torpedoes their bleacher bliss. High school swim meets have never been so entertaining.

7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O’Brien | Most recently known to the masses as the voice behind the Vanity in this summer’s Smurfs flick, John Oliver walks in to the closet with O’Brien for silly banter and exits with not one, but two awkward smooches.

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Dragon Age Redemption | Young Josmael makes a very grown up decision in a split second, Tallis finds fleeting romance and Saarebas is silenced. But it’s what happens after all those events that is the most compelling.

Can’t Get Arrested | Led by Dave Coulier, former Full House cast members and a few other TV misfits (Saved By the Bell‘s Mr. Belding and the O.J. Simpson’s Kato Kaelin) have joined forces to poke fun at the fact that they can no longer get jobs in the industry. Playing themselves, the down-on-their-luck actors enlist the help of two bonehead paparazzi to put them back on the star map. This most recent episode is really only worth a look for a five second exchange between Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin that will teleport you back to San Francisco, circa 1993.

More Web Series Worth Watching: Husbands

Pretty the Series | A mockumentary that spoofs kiddie beauty pageants is in its third season of not saving the drama for their mama. The outrageous and sometimes wince-worthy show follows 5-year-old Annette’s pageant trajectory, which is piloted by her dad Michael (Sam Pancake). To make things weirder, Annette is played by a grown woman, Stacy McQueen. This series makes this week’s cut because soap goddess Genie Francies unexpectedly shows up this season to play Dr. Kate, a pageant therapist.

Web Therapy | Lisa Kudrow’s improvisational web show returns for a fourth season, which means self-involved therapist Fiona Wallace will be logging back on to iChat. This season starts off with web cam convos about Fiona’s yet-to-be-published autobiography. Rosie O’Donnell guests as Fiona’s publisher who has some serious concerns about the manuscript.

Which of the above shows is a must-see for you? Comment away below, and feel free to offer your own recommendations!

Note: This column features web series currently releasing new episodes. So, don’t get your ironic t-shirts in a bunch, Guild fans.

 

GENIE FRANCIS: The Michael Fairman Interview

The Genie Francis Interview – Pretty & The Young and the Restless
by Michael Fairman

Who says you can’t reinvent yourself multiple times over after portraying one of the most iconic, identifiable, and memorable characters of the soap genre and pop culture?  Well, don’t tell that to Daytime Emmy winner, Genie Francis.  The former Laura Spencer of General Hospital has gone on from her life in Port Charles’ sturm and drang, to her new role as mother-from-hell (sort of) Genevieve Atkinson on The Young and the Restless, to her starring role in the Hallmark series of made-for-television movies The Note.   But now Genie is taking another left turn in her stellar career, playing Dr. Kate, the pageant therapist, in creator and writer Steve Silverman’s hit comedy web series, Pretty! (www.prettytheseries.com)

If you missed the season-three premiere of Pretty, you will want to make sure to watch Genie, as she is plopped in amongst the zany and outlandish pageant-crazy Champagne family!  Francis will also appear in several more webisodes, where her Dr. Kate tries to make sense of it all … something we don’t think anyone can do with these folks!  On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Genie, not only about being part of a series on the web, but the consistent rumors that she is heading back to General Hospital, her current role as Genevieve on Y&R and what’s in store for fans of the show who have been missing Genie on-air.  And yes, she tells us about working with her CBS co-stars, including fan favorite Daniel Goddard (Cane) who plays her on-screen Genoa City son.

We also take a look at the genre today as opposed to when Francis first started in the glory days of daytime, and where she feels some much needed transition did not occur that might have saved the soaps from becoming extinct.  And what about that Oprah Show appearance with her and Tony Geary (Luke, GH), and being trotted out as part of the soap star legend spectacular?  Genie tells us more on what went down behind the scenes. We think that any long time soap fans will enjoy this interview with Genie, in which she tells it like it is, with honesty, humor, and as an actress who has been through it all in the tough world of show biz, and let’s not forget … the woman is still quite young!  Here’s the incomparable Genie Francis!

MICHAEL:

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Genie, you came into being on Pretty through your former on-screen GH mom, Denise Alexander (Ex-Lesley Webber) who also appears in Pretty in the role of Louise Kirkpatrick.  How did she get you to even consider doing something like this wickedly funny and off the wall comedy web series?

GENIE:

I got a call from Denise Alexander telling me how much she loved this script, and Steve Silverman, and how fun he was to work for.  And since Denise is in the show too, she said, “It would just be great if you would do it, and would you consider it for me?”  And I said, I would, because this woman has been so good to me all of my life.  And, she has never asked me for anything in return.   So it was sort of a chance for me to do something for her.  So based on that … I made my decision to do it.  Then, I went through a very busy time in my life with making this movie for Hallmark, and working on the soap and getting my kids back into the first week of school.  I was just running around like a crazy person and I did not really read the script of Pretty till right before I had to go to work.

MICHAEL:

So you said “yes”, but had not read the script, and truly had no idea what you were getting yourself into or involved in.  You must trust Denise implicitly!

GENIE:

Yeah, because I basically made the decision that I was going to do this for Denise!  And then, I was very pleasantly surprised that it was this cute, funny, interesting group of people, and that it was actually a really fun experience.  So that’s it.  That’s the whole story. (Laughs)

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MICHAEL:

In Pretty you get to play Dr. Kate, Pageant Therapist!  I thought you were so funny! And it was so great, because we don’t get to see you like that.

GENIE:

Oh, I am so glad to hear you say that.  Thank you for telling me that.   And you’re right; you don’t get to see me like that. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

When you watched back the season three premiere webisode, with you front and center, did you think you were funny?

GENIE:

I was happy with the thing I did, that was much in the style of the hit comedy show The Office, where I was talking about the gold curtain and the lighting.  And that was great because I did what I wanted to do, which is that style made famous by The Office.

MICHAEL:

So were you acting by yourself in many of those “therapy” scenes with the cast of characters, which includes a hilarious cameo from The Bay’s Mary Beth Evans? Or, were they in the room with you?

GENIE:

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Sam Pancake (Michael Champagne) and Stacy McQueen (Annette Champagne) were there and Mary Beth Evans was there. But then there were others who were not there.  All of my part was done in like four hours!

MICHAEL:

Did you come in the way you were going to interpret the character and that was how you were going to play, Dr. Kate?  Or, did Steve Silverman give you more direction? Or, was it a ‘I’m going to run with it, here you go’ type of scenario?

GENIE:

Steve jokes about this, since I waited till the night before the shoot to read the script, but I was really busy.  And I have to take each job one at a time or I get confused.  So I just go one job, and one day at a time.  So I called Steve the night before and I went, “Ok. What do you want from me here?”  And he basically said, “I want you to be the voice of reason, because that would be the worst nightmare for the character of Michael Champagne, which would be to have to face the voice of reason.”  And I said, “Oh Great.  I can do that.  See you tomorrow.” (Laughs) There have been years that I have had in the past where I have not done a darn thing, but this happened to be during a busy time.  Like I said, Steve knew exactly what he wanted from me, so he facilitated that beautifully and quickly.  He got what he wanted.  The guy is very professiononal, smart, and very talented.  He deserves all the kudos.

MICHAEL:

So, would you come back and do another season of Pretty?

GENIE:

Oh yeah!  I would for him.  For him I would do it, because I think Steve is cool.  I don’t know that I would do it for just anybody.  Denise was right when she said, “I needed to do something that I have never done.”  I think she did not steer me wrong.  She involved me with somebody who is actually interesting creatively, and for that I am grateful.

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MICHAEL:

The Mary Beth Evans therapy scene was hilarious!  Wasn’t she Sara Garrett from The Bay who was confused that she was in the wrong therapy office?

GENIE:

Yes.  I also thought that Mary Beth’s long monologue about all the things that happen to her was terrific. (Laughs) She did a really good job at it, and it was hard for me not to laugh while she did it!  I was happy to see her dealing with the monologue that way, because there are so many times in soaps that we are asked to do these ridiculous speeches, and we always say to ourselves, “This could be comedy real easily, if we could just play it that way.”  And there she was playing it that way.  And I thought, “Good for her!”   I was proud of her and impressed with her ability.

MICHAEL:

So on The Young and the Restless you came on as Genevieve, and you had said in interviews it was like breath of fresh air for you.  After years of playing “put-upon” Laura Spencer on GH, you got to play an eerie bitch!  How did that feel?

GENIE:

I will tell you it made me feel immediately lighter in my person.  I just felt like I don’t have to wring my hands and cry all the time, and worry and focus on the pain, you know. Now the focus of this new character was: how do I entertain myself, even if it’s at your expense?  It’s kind of like the character in House.  I just say what I want to say because it tickles me.  That was a fun-freeing part of the character to play and I enjoyed it.  I think they are changing Genevieve now a little bit, where they are leaning towards making her a more traditional heroine model, which is also OK with me.  They have a very big show to tackle, and how they want to use me in their show should be their decision, and I don’t have my heels dug in.  We know that Genevieve has this caustic side to her that is not gone.  Right now she is in a happy moment in her life and there is a little bit of softening going on, which I think is good.  Ultimately, she should have both.  She should have her tough side and her soft side.

MICHAEL:

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It was interesting because fans and soap pundits where saying, “Was Genie channeling her inner Helena Cassadine?”  Through your portrayal of Genevieve, were you at all doing that?

GENIE:

At times I was in the very early part of playing her, and then it started to change a bit as we went forward because I started to make her funny.  I don’t think Helena was ever funny.  Then it also started to be more fun for me to play.  I know that a lot of my cast mates thought it was funny, and I liked it.  And honestly, I don’t know how the audience receives it because we are so in a vacuum.  It’s very hard to tell.  You can use Twitter to try and ask people.  But even that represents a small group of people, and it’s not inclusive of everybody.  It’s uncomfortable being in that sort of a void, and seeing how people are receiving it.  I am hoping that the networks know more than me. (Laughs)  I am just grateful for every day of work they give me, and whatever they write for me.  I try to bring it to life as fully and as completely as I can, because that is what I am hired to do.

MICHAEL:

I think people were worried once they wrote off Tristan Rogers ( Ex-Colin, Y&R) and they saw less airtime from you that you were leaving Genoa City as well, and that you were rumored to be heading back to General Hospital.  So what would you say to that?

GENIE:

Well first of all, the rumors about me going back to General Hospital are just that… they are just rumors.  I wanted to go back to General Hospital for many years and they did not want it.  And I am quite sure, even after my Oprah Show appearance, they were not interested. 

MICHAEL:

Well, to this moment that stuns me!  I am damn sure, you were stunned too.

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GENIE:

Yeah, I was little angry that they would put me out there as part of Luke and Laura and then not follow-up with a job offer.  They were getting me to do free press for their show, but not offering me any employment.  So to tell you the truth, I have really quite had it with that.  It is not fair.  I was very grateful that someone like Y&R’s executive producer and head writer, Maria Arena Bell said, “Well, I am interested and I will write for her.”  And in fact, CBS really embraced me in a very nice way.  They gave me lots of press.  They worked hard at creating a character.  I could not have asked for more from them.  I really couldn’t have.  I am very grateful to them at trying to re-launch me on a soap!

MICHAEL:

Any thoughts now with Garin Wolf and Shelly Altman co-head writing GH and it being a different regime? If they were to come to you now and ask you to come back, would that make any difference for you?  Would you consider it?  Even though Jill Farren Phelps is still the Executive Producer over there?

GENIE:

First of all, I think Jill is a very good producer, and I have nothing against Jill.  She is very smart and very talented.  I think she was stuck in a bad situation too.  I think it’s great that GH has a new creative team writing the show.  I hope it’s going to help them.  I would like to see them go on and do well.  But I suspect, they can’t make me an offer or do anything because they don’t know how long they are going to be on the air.  They can’t write a contract with me, when they don’t know what tomorrow holds.  You know what I am saying?

MICHAEL:

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Exactly!  GH is the show that unfortunately looks the most vulnerable right now compared to the rest of the soaps that are left, because of the moves made by ABC Daytime to shift and change their programming perspective.

GENIE:

Right!  ABC does not appear to have a commitment to the soaps that the other networks are holding on to.  I think that is the reason.  It’s not that I would not give them a chance to have me back.  It’s just that I don’t want to quit a three year contract to go for three months or so there.  It does not make sense for me, and there you have it.  I mean, I am thrilled to be back working again, and these people at Y&R have made a long-term commitment to me.  I am working with them and it’s a nice relationship.  I prefer to continue there where they do have a long-term picture in mind, and they haven’t given up.  They are not just biding their time just waiting to be canceled.  They want to keep working.

MICHAEL:

For the Genie Francis fans that adore you, let’s clear something up. When you are not on Y&R that does not mean you are off the show.  That means they are pushing forth other story and you are still going to be in the mix?  Right?

GENIE:

What happened was, I went to do a movie and the fans and some magazines assumed I was done.  But it just meant that I went to Canada for a month for another “Note” movie that I signed on to do before Maria Bell hired me for Y&R.  So for that reason, she had to write in my contract she would let me go do the film.

MICHAEL:

How was working with Tristan Rogers as his on-screen wife, after years of working with him in a different capacity at GH?

GENIE:

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I loved working with Tristan.  I loved it.  I think he is a great guy and it is sad not to have him anymore on our show, but I hope he will go back to General Hospital.  I think they should pick him up.  And, I just want to say I hope GH makes it.  I really don’t want them to go off the air.

MICHAEL:

It’s hard for people not to see you, and Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, GH) and Tony Geary (Luke, GH) together again.  It’s like the three best actors on daytime!  There is a piece missing.

GENIE:

That is very sweet of you to say, but that piece has been missing for a very long time. And the piece was willing to come back, and honestly, they have been unwilling for whatever reason to give me a contract position there.  What can I do?  Someone else was willing to give me a contract position, and so I snapped it up.

MICHAEL:

How was working with Daniel Goddard (Cane, Y&R) as your son?

GENIE:

I think he is a great and he has been a sweet friend to me.  Daniel is very easy to get to know and very open.  I enjoy him and I enjoy working with him.  I hope that now that they are changing my character a bit that I will get some more realistic scenes with him that are a bit more about the relationship about these two people, and less about the agenda of getting rid of the evil dad.  So now we can delve into the history of these two people, which I think Daniel plays very well.  And I think it’s interesting for my character too.

MICHAEL:

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Did you go, “Gosh. I have such a good-looking on-screen son!”

GENIE:

You know what I did?  The first day I said to him, “How old are you?” (Laughs)  He is nine year younger than me!  I could not conceive at eight, I am sorry.  Anyway, we giggle about that, but that is television, you know. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

And how is working with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)?

GENIE:

I love working with Peter and I got into his dressing room once.  And, I went into his bathroom, and Oh my God!  The guy has like 21 Emmys on the wall and these photographs, and that is the most intimidating bathroom!  I am like, “21 Emmys!  I am so out of my league here!”  And I laughed and laughed.  But it was terrific. The truth is I think he is possibly the best leading man I have ever had.  And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.  I love that he is really concerned about making it about the best scene it can be.  And there is a critical difference there.  Some soap actors want to make the best “them” they can be.  They want to steer the story to make it all about “them”, and I drive everything their way and that is all not who Peter is.  He just wants to make a great scene and he is concerned with your half of it as well as his.  And for that reason, I always listen to him and never question his judgment.  So when he says, “Hey Frankie, try this?”  I do.

MICHAEL:

“Frankie” is your nickname?

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GENIE:

It is my nickname that has been in my family for a long time.  But, I am using it over at Y&R because of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine).  There is one Jeanne over there, and it ain’t me.  I am Frankie to those people. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Should fans expect more with Jack and Genevieve?

GENIE:

I hope so.  I would like to continue to work with him because he is just so good, and Peter is so nice.  I did do a couple scenes with him that I was really proud of, and they were right before the two of them make love for the first time.  There were two scenes where Genevieve bares her soul to him.  And through that, the audience hopefully got more insight into who this woman really is.  That day was fun because we had some really nice long scenes.  Now most of the scenes they write these days in soaps are a page to a page and half, and that can be very tough.

MICHAEL:

Isn’t it so different than back in the day?  Soap operas would have two or three person scenes that would go on forever!

GENIE:

We used to have two or three character scenes that went on for nine to ten pages, almost like a play!  We just don’t have that anymore.  I just don’t know why we don’t have that anymore.  It doesn’t work as far as I am concerned.  You keep skimming the surface and never get anything deep or meaty.  I don’t like it.  I prefer the older way of writing where we really got a chance to lose ourselves in the material and the other actors.  And then some wonderful surprises would come out of it and thus the material would have more depth, and a scene would have more depth, as a result of it being a “scene”.

MICHAEL:

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I was there the night you won the Daytime Emmy, and I was so thrilled for you.  And I remember thinking that this was something that I felt should have happened many times over, and was a long time coming.  Did you feel like it was a defining moment?  And where is your Emmy?

GENIE:

My Emmy is by the TV cabinet by the television set, because they sort of go together.  In a weird way, it was sort of anti-climatic because it feels like it was done posthumously!

MICHAEL:

I know.  I couldn’t agree more. (Laughs)

GENIE:

It seems a bit like that, but that’s O.K. and you have to be grateful.  Better late than never, but who knows?  I got it at a time in my life when I could really be grateful for it and not tipped off balanced by it.  It didn’t blow up my ego, so in turn I would go act like a weirdo.  Now, when I was a teenager that might have happened.  Everything happens for a reason.  I am thrilled that they finally acknowledged my work, and that I got to put the little statue in my house.  I am glad I got the recognition.

MICHAEL:

When you and Tony Geary were on Oprah, it felt like such as short segment to me. Was it weird being on there?

GENIE:

You know what?  It actually really was.  I think the reason it feels like that to you is that they cut so much of that interview down. There were a lot of things that were said that were actually not included on the air show.  But I think to the producer’s credit, they cut out things that should have been cut out, and not have gone over the airwaves.  I think the Oprah Show and their producers are to be commended for how they put it together.  I personally thank Oprah for really taking the time.  And if you notice, she really teases out of me, “Well, c’mon. What do you want?”  She was like for the underdog in a way, and she was trying to give me a chance to speak to say what I wanted.  She made sure I got that moment.  I actually think the Oprah people handled that situation beautifully.  

MICHAEL:

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Do you and Tony Geary ever stay in touch?

GENIE:

You know, we really don’t.  He has always been a very private person and has kept to himself, and even in times of closeness, we were not particularly close.  I have not talked to him, and I don’t know what is going on with him at all.

MICHAEL:

When you think of that, and then the magic that happens on-screen between the two of you, it is truly amazing.  You must be proud of that and that you are iconic!

GENIE:

I am proud of what we created.  I think Tony is also proud of what we created.  And then when we do work together, we try to live up to it.

MICHAEL:

It had to be daunting from a very young age playing all of Laura’s crisis and despair up through being a grown up and a mother of several children.  Did you ever just want to yell, “Stop.  I can’t cry one more tear!?”

GENIE:

(Laughs) I enjoyed playing Laura right up until they had Lucky “die”.  And I played that as real as I could, and it was so tragic and so painful.  And then they kind of wrote the loss of a child through Tony eyes and they kind of put me aside.  So I really see that as the moment that they got off track with Laura.  For me, it was not much fun to play her from then on.

MICHAEL:

Even doing all of her heavy emotional breakdowns?

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GENIE:

When my contract fell apart with them and I had to work with them for three or four more months, before I was going to be done, they finally wrote something for me. That was the Rick Webber situation and her losing her mind and going off into the straightjacket into a mental institution.  I loved that.  But I had to get fired to do it! (Laughs) It actually wasn’t a firing, it was a mutual decision. We both were done with each other at that moment, but out of it came some really exciting acting that I did enjoy immensely.

MICHAEL:

What did you think of Luke and Laura’s re-wedding?  Perhaps some of the biggest tearjerkers in soap history as we watched Laura slip away from her family and the man she loves, and she could not do anything to stop it.

GENIE:

When I did the re-visit for six weeks that I got my Emmy for, I had a lot of fun.  I enjoyed playing someone who had a physical ailment. Laura had a chronic illness and then she would only be around for a short period of time, and then she would go back into her trance-like state.  It was based on the movie Awakenings.  And again, I enjoyed that too because there was a story.

MICHAEL:

You are an icon.  So, what is it like for someone like you who is witnessing the genre dying?  It’s hard for me and I have been covering the genre for so long.  Do you think things could have been done differently at some point, so it wouldn’t have gone this way?

GENIE:

I think one of the biggest problems that I see is that the great, great, great writers, and minds, who created this stuff, the Doug Marlands’s, the Gloria Monty’s, the Bill Bell’s, the Agnes Nixon’s …they did not replace themselves.  They did not grow a new one to pass the baton on to.  It was like they held the position and held the power and closed the door as if it was all mine, mine, and mine.  They didn’t grow a new generation of people to carry it forward.  There really isn’t that new blood and I think that is a shame.  I think there are a lot of talented and new writers that don’t want to write for daytime because it’s dying and nobody wants to be associated with something that is dying.  So in a way, we can’t get the fresh blood we need.  They did not groom a new person who was passionate about soaps.  I am not sure why that is, but they didn’t.

MICHAEL:

What is it like being Genie now as opposed to back in the heyday in 1981 with the historic Luke and Laura wedding that blew up through pop culture and brought in sensational ratings and numbers? Do fans still come up to you from everywhere?  How do you handle those types of encounters different now?

GENIE:

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It is much mellower, when I meet the fans now. They are not hair pulling on me or crying.  (Laughs) It is much more,Oh my God!”   And then there is this very warm feeling I get from them.  Then, I sort of do a very genuine check-in with them.   And I will often ask them, “Well, what are you doing now in your life?  And how are your kids?”  And then I will tell them about mine.  So it’s sort of like class reunion time and I treat it that way, sort of a “You were watching and I was doing. What is your life about now?”

MICHAEL:

Deflection! Very good.  I like your style!

GENIE:

It makes sense, doesn’t it? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

I know you have had so many trials and tribulations through your relationship with GH, but you have to look at your life and be extremely proud of what you have accomplished.

GENIE:

I am very grateful that after 36 years I am still working and under contract.  That alone is such a huge gift.  Most of us in television and as actresses work a long time and then you don’t hear from us.  I have been at this for 36 years.  I am still able to earn a living at it.  I am grateful and happy for my life.  I do hope the soaps can continue on, but if they can’t, you will see it grow into something new.  If you look at primetime television, there are tons of continuing dramas with continuing storylines.  People love to tune-in to get more of the story next week and that is never going to go away.  I just watched The Hamptons for the first time; I think it’s a soap!  I don’t think we are going to see soaps completely die.  I think we are going to see the genre move into different time slots, where there is an audience.  There is not much of an audience in the daytime anymore.  Everybody is at work and busy.

MICHAEL:

When you went onto the Y&R set for the first time, were cast members falling over themselves going, “Oh my God. I can’t believe it’s Genie Francis!  And she is on our show!”

GENIE:

(Laughs) I was welcomed by open arms, particular by Jess Walton (Jill).  I was greeted by such warmth right away from Jeanne Cooper, who could not have been sweeter and nicer.  It was my second day on the set and she was having a union rep into her dressing room and rounding people up. She yelled to Jess, “Go grab Genie Francis!” So I was summoned to her room and I was there.  So right away, I was treated as one of the gang, and you really can’t ask for more than that.

MICHAEL:

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And finally, are you going back to work for the first time in a while next week? When can fans expect to see Genevieve figure prominently into story?

GENIE:

I have been doing one episode a week for the last four weeks.  I work this week and then in November I am working a lot.  I have got several episodes per week.  So I think the storyline that they have been planning and building must be coming to a head in the next four weeks of shooting.   We should look for Genevieve to be playing heavy as the year comes to a close.  Needless to say, there will be a lot of “me” in December on TV. (Laughs)

 

A few questions For PRETTY Creator STEVE SILVERMAN

We sat down with the man behind the PRETTY, creator Steve Silverman, to get the scoop - or as much as we could get out of him - for all things Season 3...



Let's just start with the question everyone wants answered:  Who is Genie Francis playing?

Next question.

 

Seriously?

Seriously.

 

Nothing?  Not even a hint?

There's already been a hint.

 

There has??!

Yes.  

 

Huh.  Can you give a hint about the hint?

Sometimes you need to look a little closer at what's right in front of you.

 

That's not a hint about the hint.

Go watch the teaser again.

 

Is that the hint about the hint?

Maybe.

 

You're evil.

Thank you.

 

Are there any plot lines for Season 3 you're willing to talk about?

I gave away at the Season 2 finale back in January that Michael Champagne was in boy band back in the 80s called "Champagne Toast."  We wrote and produced

a song for the group, "Hot Mess," there one sorta big hit:  I wrote the lyrics, my brother Bret who wrote "Gumdrop The Unicorn" tweaked them and made a music

demo and then rocker Drew Stevyns got ahold of it and produced it and laid down the vocals.  We shot a music video - totally 80s style.  You're gonna love it.

 

Will we get to see the whole video?

Yes, it's going to be featured in an episode in the upcoming season.

 

How does it come out that Michael was in a boy band?  

Next question.

 

Ug.  Are you going to be like this the entire time?

Maybe.  Probably.  Yes.

 

So you're not going to give up anything more?

Agnes Nixon, the creator of "All My Children" and "One Life To Live," once said, "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." 

 

That's pretty brilliant.

Indeed.  Seriously, where's the fun in us giving everything away in advance?  Last season, we kept Joan Van Ark's part under wraps for months - and that was worth the reveal, wasn't it?  

 

So Genie's not playing Annette in the future too?

No.

 

Speaking of Joan Van Ark, will she be returning to PRETTY?

I wrote her a new part for this season, but she turned us down.  She did say that if we ever

need future Annette back, she's game.  I never say never to anything.  We'd be thrilled to work with Joan again.  But she won't be popping up as a surprise in the new season, no.

 

Wait...you mean someone else might pop up as a surprise?

Next question.

 

Evil, evil, evil.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

What's your favorite part of making PRETTY?

I have so many favorite parts.  I love working with the cast.  Our crew is amazing.  Nicole, our editor on PRETTY, and I have the best time cutting together.  It's such a fun and rewarding process from beginning to end.

 

Who's your favorite cast member?

Gumdrop.  He's an awesome unicorn.  The cast of PRETTY is a big, happy, somewhat dysfunctional family - just like your's.  We laugh a lot, so that helps.  I love them all.  And there are times when I want to punch each of them right in the face.  And they would say the exact same thing about me in return.  I hope.  

 

What one word would you use to describe Sam Pancake?

Effortless.

 

Dee Freeman?

Intense.

 

Terri Simmons?

Timeless.

 

Michael Taylor Gray?

Intense.

 

You said intense for Dee.

Two different kinds of intense.  Neither one bad.  They're both similar in their energies.

 

That sounds deep.

Thank you.

 

Stacy McQueen?

Fearless.

 

How did your cast your guest stars?

I learned a lot from Season 2, where I cast people I wanted to work with and then had to write them

parts.  This time, for Season 3, I wrote the script, created the characters, and then started offering parts.  Much better plan.  Honestly?  We just ask people and they typically say yes.  Denise, Martha, Melanie, Anthony, Brendan, Moira, Genie - we asked, they said yes.  It was a lot less work than you might think.

 

Has anyone ever said no?

Sure.  Lynn Herring, who I really was hoping to work with. I talked to her on the phone, she was lovely.  We sent her scripts.  And then she said no.  Very sweetly, politely, thanked us for the offer, turned us down, not for her right now.  Was I disappointed?  Of course.  But I love no.  That's not true.  I respect no.  It's definitive.  It's not yes and then bail on us at the last minute.

 

Has that happened?

On PRETTY, no, thank God.  On other projects I've worked on, yes.  Many times.  

 

That sucks.

It is what it is.  For me, if someone says yes or no, it's an answer that I am OK with.  It's when they don't respond at all, or rather, when they initially respond, express interest, you talk with them, send them scripts, then never here from them again and you feel like a stalker cuz you've left them voicemails and sent emails and you've hired a search party.

 

Has that happened with this project?

Yes.  

 

That sucks.

It's more rude than suck.  

 

Can we ask who did that or will you just say "Next question?"

What do you think?

 

OK, so moving on to the next question:  Will there be a Season 4?

Good lord, can we first get Season 3 up and running?  It's like when someone has a child and the first thing you ask them is, "So are you going to have more?"  The 100% truth is - me, personally - no, I have no plans for another season of PRETTY after this one.  But I can tell you, those were my exact words during Season 1 when people asked me if there would be another season.  And I said that same thing again during Season 2.  I strive to live in the present, the right now, and to enjoy the present, the right now.  PRETTY began because there was a story that came to me and characters I wanted to share with the world.  The story has got to keep evolving - and you'll see with our new season, just like you did with our last season, that it does, the characters do.  Right now, our team is working to bring you an "epic" - as the kids are saying nowadays - new set of episodes.  That's where our focus is.  If an idea sparks in my little head for a fourth season, yes, sure, of course, I personally would love love love to do more.  Let me change that "if" to "when" - when the idea sparks in my little head for a fourth season, it'll be go time.  At this present moment, right here and now, the one I'm living in, no spark.  I'm focused on the work at hand.  And that's Season 3.

 

And that's the 100% truth from the man behind the PRETTY.

Yes.

 

Any final shout outs?

I wanna thank our fans.  We have awesome fans.  Thank you for watching.  Thank you for laughing.  Thank you for getting it.  And getting us.  And thank you even more for sharing it and us with your own friends and spreading the PRETTY.  We truly, truly appreciate it and you.  And we look forward to bringing you another kick ass season of PRETTY.

A few questions For PRETTY Producers JOHN, DOUG, and BARBARA

They are the people who make the PRETTY happen:  John Carrozza, Doug Prinzivalli, and Barbara Farmer.  From Annette's unicorn on a stick to Zorro being locked up all day with his brother Buck, they are the masters of PRETTY A to Z.  Here's what they have to say about making the new season...




What's it like beginning the third season of PRETTY? Everything you hoped and dreamed? 

 

JOHN:  Making PRETTY happen is fun and keeps me busy. I'm happy to see familiar faces and new ones too - this time around is our biggest cast to date - we filled 2 full SAG timesheets! 

 

DOUG:  Kinda surreal. When we began this thing back in the 1980s who knew we'd be entering our 30th season? Seasons 1-27 were horrible, but the 3 most recent have been a pure delight. 

 

BARBARA:  Has the filming of Season 3 started already? I usually check my Filofax and cross-reference it with my Farmers’ Almanac. Guess I should get one of those new-fangled smart devices that all the kids are raving about these days. 

 

Describe a day on the set for you.

 

DOUG:  Well, after they wake me up (I sleep 'on set" because it's easier) I start my day by hand-crafting each and every tiara from scratch. Steve insists on freshly-made tiaras every day so viewers can practically smell the newly-glued sequins. Then I break for vegan lunch which consists of Lay's potato chips and pickles, then I spend the rest of the day gluing and stapling things back on Annette's costumes or somethings directly on Stacy.

 

JOHN:  The glamorous Producer-y stuff like making sure the fire marshall gives us a thumbs-up, collecting paperwork from cast and crew, and making coffee. Oh yeah, and laughing at the comic goings-on by our cast while doing all those things.

 

BARBARA:  Last season (I missed most of the Season 3 shoot due to my house being on the market and selling) I was stuck to Steve’s hip on the set - which meant everything from script supervising & wardrobe continuity, to picking up lighting equipment from the local lighting house, to lovingly wiping Steve’s brow and giving him a mani/pedi. Basically anything that needed to be done to make sure we were ready for the next shot. As a producer you have to be flexible and pitch in whenever and wherever you can because invariably a curve ball WILL be thrown your way.

 

 

Who is the hardest person to keep a straight face around when acting with them?

 

BARBARA:  Of course, Stacy is funny in her broad comedy moments, but she’s HILARIOUS in some of her more quite/subtle moments, or when she’s doing “business” in the background. It can be something as simple as a facial expression. I still crack up thinking about Ethan wheeling her into the living room to meet Louise Fitzpatrick. Pretending to be handicapped is so wrong, but yet so right in Stacy’s hands. Or like the time she mumbled under her breath to Michael Champagne “YOU go sit in the Shame Chair!”  Melissa Peterman also makes me laugh like no one else – she was so funny that it was all we could do not to burst into gales of laughter before Steve would yell “Cut!"

 

JOHN:  Each time Stacy or Dee come near me with a new costume I lose it. The cupcake hat did me in last time, and Stacy's top secret pageant hair this time had me doing a spit-take the first time I saw it. You will lose it when you see it.

 

DOUG:  Since I don't really interact with the actors (they all have handlers and assistants who communicate with the crew) and I'm not allowed to look them in the eye, I'd say Alex the sound guy. He cracks me up! He does.

 

A lot of guest stars again this season - who did you get to work with this time? 

 

JOHN:  I was thrilled to meet Melanie Hutsell and Martha Byrne - super funny ladies!

 

BARBARA:  Genie Francis! Can you imagine? Laura Vining Webber Baldwin Spencer agreed to be on our little show!

 

DOUG:  The fire marshall.

 

Will Michael Champagne ever WIN a pageant?

 

DOUG:  If by WIN you mean NOT LOSE...um...good question.

 

JOHN:  I hope not - I wouldn't want it to go to his head and risk him going overboard...

 

BARBARA:  No, or at least I hope not. It would be like Charlie Brown actually getting to kick the football – I don’t want to see that.

 

What's next for you? What other projects do you have cookin'?

 

JOHN:  The gang at Velvet Candy are going to take a break from production and focus on completing our 2 recently completed comedic feature films THE MIKADO PROJECT and QWERTY - look for them on Amazon and/or iTunes soon!

 

DOUG:  Barbara Farmer & I have a secret project that we're planning on pitch to Steve and John. I can't say much about it right now, but lets say it involves Eve Plumb, a tractor and a guy wearing an ascot. Got your interest peaked yet?

 

BARBARA:  What Doug said.

 

The audience is listening: Anything you wanna say?

 

JOHN:  Tell your favorite TV networks you want PRETTY on TV!

 

BARBARA:  The PRETTY fans are what make the show – literally! Without their support, there wouldn’t have been a Season 3. Thank you one and all!

 

DOUG:  Seriously, we would NOT be doing this season if it wasn't for the fans. They made it all happen and we are all working our asses off (except Steve) to make sure we keep you guys coming back for more. Mr. Silverman has created a magical world that people just want to be a part of. He's like JK Rowling in a trailer park after a weekend on Fire Island. We love you guys!

 

A few questions For PRETTY Star DEE FREEMAN

She's one hot mama who's been from her husband to her brother-in-law to the bible and back:  Check out what Dee Freeman has to say about the upcoming new season...



What's it like beginning the 3rd season of PRETTY?  Everything you hoped and dreamed?


I felt the same starting season three as I did season's one and two...anticipation!  The words leap off the pages and you can't wait to start working on it.

Describe a day on the set for you.


I rush pass Steve Silverman (the creator) and John and Doug (the producers) to get to the coffee pot (the god).  Like a lighthouse in a storm it beckons me.  Ahhh...the first sip.  Now I'm better.  Who’s here?  There's Stacy.   Damn...she looks good even out of make-up.  Skank!
And here comes Terri.  Look at those legs.  Nobody needs that many damn gifts.
The door opens and here comes Sam...my darling husband...kiss kiss.  Look at those eyelashes...wasted on a boy.
I hear him before the door opens.  Yep.  It's Michael Taylor Grey. Yeah...I see you staring at my shoes.  Forget it tramp.  These red shoes are mine.  He's followed closely by Kirsten. Where did she get that outfit from?  If I sneak it into my bag...will she miss it?  The door opens and shuts...I turn to see who it is. Is it...
Ethan?...Ethan?? ETHAN???
That's what a day on the set  is like for me.  Thought bubbles.
As I'm changing costumes (Hey Doug, I want those jeans) Getting my make-up refreshed...(Steve...I did memorize this part...I did dammit) Getting my hair done...(Sexy Jim...damn.  He looks like a television cowboy.)
Thoughts...disconnected... are running through my mind.  Like right now (what's that you're wearing...maybe not the best idea)...



Who is the hardest person to keep a straight face around when acting with them?


That's an extremely difficult question to answer.  It's like asking...who's better, Michael Jordan or Shaquille O'Neal?  The Red Sox or the Yankees?  It's impossible to answer.  What we have is a cast of all-stars. I've laughed, guffawed and screamed watching all of them at different times. 
A lot of guest stars again this season.  Who did you get to work with this time? 

 

Anthony Anderson – soooooo funny.  His timing is impeccable. And he's from the DC area.  I lived there for 3 years.  It was great talking to someone who could bring me up to date on that neck of the woods. I watched Brendan Bradley and honestly...if I watched him read the phone book, I'd be laughing.    Also...shout out to Carol Ann McCracken...OH! MY! GOD!!!  SCENE STEALER!!! We have always been extremely fortunate with our guest cast members.  There are so many hysterical moments...I found it truly inspirational.  

Will Michael Champagne ever win a pageant? 

 

Well...I dont know.  Let me ask the expert Ribina Champagne...She should have an opinion about it:
"Hey Ribina...I gotta question for ya.  Will Michael ever win a pageant?"  "Who the - - - - is asking bout my husband?  Do we know you?  Mine yo own damn bizness, skank…”

What's next for you?  What other projects do you have cooking?


I'm working on a project called "The Rising Sun", which takes place in a karate dojo.  It stars Katie Scott (look out Dakota Fanning), Garret Wong (he was on Star Trek for seven years), and myself.  The concept is unique, the writing is great (Marlena, you've found your calling), and the acting is...naturally...stellar.  Look for it sometime in 2012. Our director is Martin Glover, Danny Glovers' younger brother.  Talent runs in that family.  Another project I'm working on is "This Will Be.”  We're filming that sometime in October.  It's another ensemble piece with a fabulous cast.
I created a project called “Pet Bytez”  - Homecare For Exotic Animals.  They're quick bytes (less than 2 minutes each) about what action to take if your snake gets lost in your house or advice on how to feed crickets.  I have a menagerie...courtesy of my daughter...three ball python snakes, a tarantula, an iguana, a bearded dragon, a scorpion, a bare eyed cockatoo, a pacman frog...and two dogs.  We're releasing a new episode this month which stars my close friend Octavia Spencer - check her out as Minny in the hit movie "The Help.”  Our website is http://www.petbytez.com.  We have a vet on board and you can write in with any questions you have regarding your exotic animal.  A big shout out to my crew at Longlost Pictures (Greg and Lex) - You're the best. 
Finally...I'm doing AIDSWALK LA on Oct 16th.  Please help.  Go to the website and donate.  Any amount will be appreciated.  ANY.  Give me whatever you can afford.  I got blisters last year...and it rained...and I got lost going to the event...yet I'm still walking.  Anybody wanna walk with me???
Here's the link...

http://aidswalklosangeles2011.kintera.org/deefreeman
2011 AIDS Walk Los Angeles - General Donation
The audience is listening.  Anything you wanna say?


Here's a shout out to some of our "super fans."  Michael K and Victoria (from "At Home with Victoria) - We heart you!!! Tell Steve, “Hey!"
Steinar...you bought our script?  I didn't know you had that much money (teeheehee)!
Longlost Pictures - whut whut whut???
Indie Intertube - Thank you for everything!
Gina Henry - You rock...and so does Sheba!
Jaime Bartlett - Ribina would love you!
Sandy - You're fabulous!
Alison - Oct 16th.  Be there or be square!!!

 

A few questions For PRETTY Star MICHAEL TAYLOR GRAY

Everyone’s favorite pageant director’s assistant returns for Season 3 – here’s what his portrayer, Michael Taylor Gray, has to say about it…



 

What's it like beginning the third season of PRETTY? Everything you hoped and dreamed? :)

I was so excited, I peed a little. More than usual, in fact. I couldn't wait to get started, 'cause I knew I'd be laughing the whole time. It was even more than I expected because of the fabulous new guest stars we've added to Season 3 and all our returning regulars just made it like a big old comedic family reunion. The ease with which we all work together is unbelievable - it's the real deal and I cannot wait to see how our fans respond to the new season once we start rolling out new webisodes in November!

 

Describe a day on the set for you.


Arrive, get coffee, get snack, place wardrobe in wardrobe "department" (clothes rack), get more coffee, another snack, chat everyone up, go over lines, get snack, wait for my first shot of the day, snack, chat, 3rd coffee, pee, shoot scene, lunch and repeat from "get more coffee."



Who is the hardest person to keep a straight face around when acting with them?

 

Terri Simmons, without a doubt. She gets into character as "Parker Kensington Parker" with such lightening speed and is so committed to every moment and I always feel like Harvey Korman on the Carol Burnett Show around her...just THAT close to busting out laughing.

 

A lot of guest stars again this season - who did you get to work with this time?

 

Melanie Hutsell from "Saturday Night Live" fame, Martha Byrne from "As the World Turns" & "Gotham", Denise Alexander from "General Hospital" (talks like a sailor, this one.), Anthony Anderson from "Anacostia"...we have many more, but I didn't get to directly work with all of them, although the magic of editing will sure make it look that way. Everyone brought their pageant A-game to the table, for shizzle!

Will Michael Champagne ever WIN a pageant?

 

Well, that remains to be seen. He hasn't ever actually entered as a contestant, so that might be why.

 

What's next for you? What other projects do you have cookin'?

 

I'm a regular contributor to a new online magazine, GManMagazine: http://thegmanmagazine.com/ - launched in June 2011 by my wonderfully creative nephew, Christopher Taylor Davis. I'm the comedic foodie known as "BoneAppeTweet" - as well as contributing other online articles as needed. It feels so good to be writing...I want to do a lot more! Plus I'm still singing around town in various cabaret venues like "The Other Side" in Silverlake - L.A.'s longest running piano bar, where Michael Feinstein played years ago when it was called "The Toy Tiger." And I occasionally venture out as a tour guide on "Out & About Tours" - L.A.'s first and only gay cultural history tour of Los Angeles: www.outandabout-tours.com. And I am itching to get back on the stage, so I am on the lookout for a great play, musical or cabaret gig. Other than that, I'm not doing too much...

 

The audience is listening: Anything you wanna say?

 

THANK YOU for listening and watching and laughing and supporting and for keeping us moving forward with Season 3! Many, many more to come!!

 

A few questions For PRETTY Guest Star MARTHA BYRNE

She spent 20 plus years on AS THE WORLD TURNS, has won an Emmy or two, has her own web series GOTHAM, and now she's guesting on the new season of PRETTY.  Check out what Martha Byrne has to say about becoming PRETTY-er...

How did you first hear about PRETTY?

I was aware of PRETTY before the Indie Soap Awards through Roger Newcomb. He sent me a link for the show, I watched it, felt a bit confused, then proceeded to watch every episode. I jumped on the PRETTY bandwagon. One of the most difficult challenges in comedy is to not force feed the "joke" on the audience and this cast has their chemistry down. Loved it.



How did you get the part?

Steve Silverman cornered me, umm I mean approached me at the after party of the Indie Soap Awards and asked me if I would consider doing a part on the show. I told him as long as my character is low rent and wears an eye patch I was in. I have to say, the character he created was a blast to play. Lots of laughing and improvising...dream job for an actor.

You've produced your own web series, GOTHAM, how does the PRETTY experience differ (or not) from your own?

I found the shooting to be very similar. The cast trusts Steve and follows his lead. This is so important when running a set. If the actors feel unsettled, that can create minor chaos, especially with the amount of material that has to be finished. On GOTHAM, we were fortunate enough to have the same support from our cast and crew. We didn't laugh as much on our set, that would have been a time killer for us, but on PRETTY that's when you get gold!!

What was your favorite snack on the craft service's table?

I will admit, I raided that table...brownie bites, Cheetos, Mountain Dew...But that's only because I'm very method in my acting and my character lives on that stuff. Do you believe me? No?....oh well.

What was it like working with the PRETTY cast and crew?

I felt the fantastic chemistry with the cast that made me REALLY miss my AS THE WORLD TURNS family. On ATWT we spent many of our hours together laughing and being silly, even when things weren't going so well with the show. That bond got us through so much. The PRETTY cast was so welcoming and fun to work with, I wish I had more than one day with them.

Did anything surprise you on the set?

No...not really.  LOL.  Everything was extremely professional...maybe that is surprising based on the madness that is PRETTY.

Besides PRETTY, what do else is going on in your life? Any other upcoming projects?

I'm currently working with the creators of EMPIRE (Brian Hewson and Greg Turner) on a new web show. I love the concept and the people involved. I'm shooting an original project with Ellen Dolan this month as part of An Adirondack Affair (www.adirondackaffair.com) and I'm creating another web project with Paul Leyden to shoot sometime after the first of the year. I'm always trying to keep busy. I love the web and the freedom it gives artists and producers.
Sum up Season 3 in ONE WORD.

Disturbing.

You can watch Martha's Emmy nominated web series GOTHAM here:
http://www.gothamtheseries.com/

A few questions For PRETTY Guest Star BRENDAN BRADLEY

Our next chat is with PRETTY Season 3 guest star, Brendan Bradley.  Here’s what he has to say about makin' da PRETTY…

 

How did you first hear about PRETTY?

I first heard about Pretty through the Indie Intertube ladies. (PRETTY and SQUATTERS) both kept winning Comedy of the Week and I had to size up the competition.
How did you get the part?

Steve and I Facebook back and forth with smack talk and eventually he asked me if I was interested in being a part of Season 3. I could not turn down the opportunity to sneak behind enemy lines and see the PRETTY process.
You've produced your own web series, SQUATTERS, and you've starred in a bunch of other shows like VIDEO GAME REUNION, how does the PRETTY experience differ (or not) from your own and these other ones?

I think the biggest difference between PRETTY and most of my other web projects is the format. Steve and the whole PRETTY cast and crew bring a wealth of amazing knowledge and experience from the network episodic world making the production feel like a real mini-television show. This gives PRETTY its unique feel and attracts name talent to the project. As an indie webisodic producer and performer it was humbling and enlightening to see a glimpse of this process.
What was your favorite snack on the craft service's table?

A brilliant and delicious decision to bring a cheeseburger foodtruck to set one day. Again, something a web producer would not have thought of but common place on television sets these days.

What was it like working with the PRETTY cast and crew?

From the first meeting to the music video everyone was incredibly welcoming and professional. Steve held a private director meeting with me to talk about Devin months before we began filming (which is more than I've gotten from feature films let alone a webseries!) The crew worked their butts off capturing what should be an illegal amount of coverage every day. Most of my scenes were with Kirsten Vangsness whom I simply cannot say enough delightful things about. She has an uncanny ability to become your best friend before you're even out of the make up chair and once cameras role she unleashes a typhoon of comedy. Honestly my most difficult role on Pretty was keeping a straight face while sitting between Kirsten and Sam Pancake.
Did anything surprise you on the set?

I thought even under the most efficient circumstances, it was impossible to shoot more than 18 pages in one day. I was PRETTY wrong.
Besides PRETTY, what do else is going on in your life? Any other upcoming projects?

Well my series SQUATTERS (which everyone should watch at http://youtube.com/SquattersSeries) just won Best Comedy at the 2011 STTV Awards which was very exciting! A sketch of mine with Comediva called G-male just went viral. And in November I will make my first television appearances in Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place and MTV'S Death Valley.
Sum up Season 3 in ONE WORD.

Heist.

 

A Few Questions for PRETTY Guest Star ANTHONY ANDERSON

 We sat down and had ourselves a little one-on-one with PRETTY Season 3 guest star, ANTHONY ANDERSON.  And here’s what we found out…


How did you first hear about PRETTY?


I was first made aware of PRETTY through Damon Jacobs and Roger Newcomb of We Love Soaps on their website. I saw the poster for the first season and just had to check it out and when I first saw Stacy McQueen on screen I just shook my head thinking “this is so wrong and yet I can’t turn away from it” I’ve been hooked ever since.

How did you get the part?


I was contacted by Steve Silverman after the Indie Soap Awards and he asked me if I would like to do something with him and I immediately said yes…AFTER I got clarification of what he meant by “doing something with him.”
;)

  

You've produced your own web series, ANACOSTIA, how does the PRETTY experience differ (or not) from your own?

 

Well they are both similar as far as how the cast and crew are one big family, that’s what I could tell upon my first day that there was such a love and appreciation for one another which is always a great atmosphere to come into. We both work similar long hours which always go quicker when you are having fun. The only difference is PRETTY has a much larger crew behind the scenes which I took notes on going forward. Everyone was so efficient at their jobs especially John and Kieran (PRETTY Exec Producer and Asst. Director, respectively)…especially Kieran for ironing my shirt and always asking if I was okay or needed anything.

What was your favorite snack on the craft service's table?


This is easy it was those crunchy corn nuts! They may have removed some of the enamel off of my teeth but they were delicious…so were the peppermint patties…I don’t want to be a snitch but I could’ve sworn I saw Martha Byrne put a handful of them in her purse..I’m just saying.

What was it like working with the PRETTY cast and crew?


The cast much like my own are a family and you can really sense that when you are around them. Terri, Dee, Stacy, Michael, Sam, Moira and Kirsten were all great to work with and to be around. I spent a lot of time with Terri, Dee and Michael and we had a blast they took time out of their schedules to show me around L.A. and were just welcoming. I couldn’t contain my laughter watching Stacy and Sam work.  And Sam Pancake is just AMAZING AMAZING to work alongside. I really enjoyed working with them all and the crew…we can’t forget about the great crew who were all GREAT!...USUALLY if I am around that many white people I start to panic…but I didn’t have to take one anti-anxiety pill…not one…that’s a good day.

Did anything surprise you on the set?


I was surprised that Steve could keep a level head with that many cast and crew members to deal with on shoot days and he always smiled and asked was everyone ok. It was a great experience to work with him most of all because we are both creators and to have someone else that you’ve admired from afar ask you to be a part of what they are doing was simply flattering to me and still to this day I am flattered to have been asked. I learned plenty just by watching Steve navigate through his day and dealing with the minor unexpected issues that always occur. Steve has always had my respect and now he has my friendship and love.

Besides PRETTY, what else is going on in your life? Any other upcoming projects?


Well naturally we are filming ANACOSTIA Season 3 currently and that season is going to be great with some familiar faces…you’ve just got to wait and see. After that wraps I start on an Independent Film in Philadelphia and then I produce my second Indie Film in January 2012…and hopefully PRETTY Season 4!...did I just hint at that?...yes I did…Steve Silverman you know where to find me.

 

Sum up Season 3 in ONE WORD:

 

Insane.

 

You can catch up on Anthony’s hit web series ANACOSTIA here:

http://www.anacostia-thewebseries.com/