Often what I post about is film and television projects, mostly in the indie realm. Well these days, the web-series is a medium of media that is VERY prevalent in the indie world. A great series or even a great concept can become a calling card for a content creator and/or actor. Series like “Money and Violence,” “Q’s One Night Stands” and “Angie Tribeca” have all been break out series, with the latter (created by Steve Carrell and his wife) running a marathon on cable network TBS in January.
So today I decided to spotlight a few web-series that I think are pretty awesome and I’d love for you guys to check them out. Whether you just watch or even give if you can (or at least share with your friends and networks), I just encourage you to support indie creators that are trying to imbibe the industry with diverse, left-of-center shows that thoroughly entertain.
First up is “We Got a Good Thing". Created by, written by and starring my colleagues, Derek McLaurin and DiQuan Devreaux, “WGAGT” is a serious throw back to all of those comedic sitcoms I watched and loved in the 80’s and 90’s. From “Martin” to “Living Single,” this show really does take me back to when TV was fun and didn’t require a cable package to watch it! The antics of the lead characters and their meddling friends made me laugh, and also made me VERY proud of these two gentlemen that I have seen grow and thrive over the years! I’ve directed and worked with both in the past, so to see them bust out this awesome product is inspiring.
The show will be launching episode one on April 1st on the “WGAGT” website and on YouTube. The creative team is presently taking meetings to expand beyond the five episodes they presently have complete and potentially go to network. Check out the synopsis below and click the link to see the teasers on the site. Also, follow them on social media to get all of the updates and info about the show! Synopsis: “WE GOT A GOOD THING” is a show about living, loving and making it happen. Created by DiQuan Devreaux and Derek McLaurin of Born Star Creative Group, “We Got a Good Thing (WGAGT)” is a breath of funny and fresh air. It is a brand new comedy that delves into the highs and lows of being in-love, while balancing your career and your relationships with friends and family. Centering on the relationship between Sean and Lisa, this colorful romantic comedy explores the trials and tribulations of a seemingly ordinary couple, while they work to become extraordinary. They are accompanied on this journey by their best friends Janelle, Roy and Lisa’s brother Julian, who all often function as the couple’s dysfunctional voices of reason.
Next is a web-series that I happen to be in called “The Department of...Ed” Created by “Survivor” finalist and WEEN co-founder Sabrina Thompson, the show speaks to all of the craziness that teachers experience (and do) on an everyday basis, and the odd, but awesome relationships that are formed. The zany sitcom is narrated by and co-stars spoken word artist, stand-up comic, professional photographer and media maestro Alzo Slade (who is also one of the leads in the independent feature that I profiled last summer, “In the Morning”). The characters in “The Department of...Ed” are reminiscent of quite a few teachers that I personally can remember. And after working in a charter school in West Philly for four years…they surely remind me of some of the crazy people I worked with! My character will be introduced later on in the series, but I’m so excited to be a part of this awesome web-series and also to get you all familiar! Check out the trailer and Indiegogo campaign below and give a little something to see this thing shoot enough episodes to get me on the screen!!! LOL (kidding but not really *smiles*)
Synopsis: If the condom broke during an intimate moment between "The Office" and the school Pryzbylewski worked at in Season 4 of "The Wire," its undesired offspring would bear a striking resemblance to "The Department of...Ed." Instead of a typical show about teachers and students, this original web series looks at the outrageous, yet oddly endearing bonds between staff members at an inner city school in Brooklyn, New York. Two Eds, Ed Goodman and Lucas Edwards, are teachers at Centennial High School. They are polar opposites, but realize they may be each other’s medicine in order to survive the insane orders of Assistant Principal, Dr. Lucien Brevil. They are often expected to save the lives of many students, but what happens when they need someone to save their lives from time to time? Whether it's getting roasted by a colleague in the teachers’ lounge, receiving a pep talk from the animated school secretary Ms. Jackson in the urine-soaked stairwells, or trying to survive parent conferences, it becomes apparent immediately that it's gonna take more than going home and watching "Dangerous Minds" to make it through this school year while maintaining a shred of sanity. Campaign Website: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-department-of-ed-a-tv-web-series#/ IG/Twitter: @DeptofEdTV
I love to see creatives make something dope and different. And to be honest, I may even try my hand at the web-series game down the line. But for now, you can support both of these awesome shows and depending on the feedback, we may make this a bi-monthly part of the blog! So if you have a web-series, or even a short that you’d like to get a write up on, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the log line, synopsis, trailer if there is one and what you are doing with the project. We are happy to check it out and if it suits the MtE brand, we are happy to review it on the site.