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Saturday, November 30, 2013

THE BAY The Series: A Woman of Substance: Sofia’s Southern charm turns tough as nails

With her Southern charm and sassy lilt, Jacklyn Zeman’s portrayal of Sofia Madison has captured the heart of not only the Bay City’s mayor, but the show’s legion of fans. Along the way, she’s continually voiced the question that’s been on everyone’s mind. “Why is Jack so obsessed with Sara Garrett?” Hopefully that question will be answered when the eleventh hour of THE BAY streams Thursday, Dec. 5 at 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT.
“Sofia may turn on her southern charm to keep her husband and her marriage happy, but she is no fool. She is a strong, smart woman who will fight for her man and will fight to keep her man,” reveals Zeman. Viewers, who got a hint of Sofia in previous episodes of THE BAY, can expect to see more from her in next week’s chapter 11. “It was exciting to receive a pilot script with more scenes and more story,” said Zeman. Calling Sofia a woman of substance, Zeman shared her desire to show more of those qualities as the story progresses.
Zeman, who loves her character’s energy and positive approach to getting what she wants, expressed gratitude to show’s creator, Gregori J. Martin, for creating such a fun and interesting character. “I just adore playing Sofia. It's interesting to portray a woman who is enamored with the life she has as the Mayor's wife and all the benefits that entails,” Zeman said. An independent and complex character who can be soft and feminine, Sofia’s ‘tough as nails’ attitude also appeals to Zeman. “She will do whatever it takes to succeed and is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, but she’s also such a girly glamour puss,” laughs Zeman in reference to her character’s fun fashion sense.

In addition to the fun she has portraying Sofia, Zeman also expressed love for “THE BAY family” and admiration for the show’s creator, Gregori J. Martin. “He has a very creative mind and can visualize story and character development for the future, but sometimes the actors aren't privy to what the future holds. The opportunity to get in the groove and go with the flow is very satisfying and ultimately, I think it adds dimension to the complexity and growth of character,” shared Zeman.
Outside of working on THE BAY, Zeman has been a busy woman. “I’ve been working, traveling, raising funds for Leukemia research and I did shoot some shows for General Hosptial,” reveals Zeman. A dedicated mom just like the character she portrays, Zeman has also been spending time with her two daughters, Cassidy and Lacey Rose.
To see more of Sofia’s Southern charm and to find out what she and the mayor have in store, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5. Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Friday, November 29, 2013

THE BAY The Series: Derrell Whitt talks of love and admiration for his character, his cast mates and THE BAY

THE BAY’s Will Campbell has been busy, as has his portrayer Derrell Whitt. We caught up with Bay City’s unsung hero to find out what to expect from Officer Will Campbell in the upcoming Chapter 11 of THE BAY— streaming Thursday, Dec. 5 at 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT— and to find out what the actor and producer has been up to since we saw him last.
“My position with LANY Entertainment keeps me pretty busy!” states Whitt. “On the acting front, I’ve co-stared in a feature film entitled ‘A Place Called Hollywood,’ which will be released in early 2014.” Whitt also dished on his additional endeavors outside of acting. “I dabbled in some behind the scenes work and helped produce two additional feature films earlier this year. At this particular time, the rest of the LANY team and myself are gearing up to produce an epic TV project which I think a lot of people will love!”
When asked how Will has changed since we last saw him, Whitt answered with obvious pride. “Will's wish to have a profession based in criminal justice has come true.” Now that we know Will has pursued his dream, Whitt hinted at what fans can expect to see in the new chapter. “Nothing about the foundation of Will's character has changed. He’s definitely more mature, but overall he’s still a straight shooter and an all around great guy.”
Still boasting with pride, Whitt was quick to express his love for the show and its talented cast. “I LOVE our cast. The actors I get to work with are just phenomenal. They have SOOO much talent, and most of them are T.V. LEGENDS. As a young actor, I couldn‘t ask for more.” Whitt also stated his love for his character. “I love being the anchor of sanity in Bay City in the midst of all the madness!”
Now bigger and better than ever, Whitt emphasized how the upcoming Chapter 11 differs from past episodes. “We did a multi-camera shoot this time around, which allowed us to get more coverage in a shorter amount of time. Gregori also bought on a few new key players behind the scenes. Their talent combined with his has taken the show to a new level.”
It’s easy to see there’s more than one reason the show holds a special place in Whitt‘s heart. “THE BAY has exceptional talent, writing, production value, and most importantly, FANS!!!!” states Whitt. “THE BAY is our baby, and it has grown into such a family that I can’t imagine it not being there. I think our combination of cast and crew is extremely rare, and there is no version of me ANYWHERE that would ever stop wanting to be immersed in the love and talent that surrounds me on THE BAY.”
To see how Will handles his new and demanding career, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5. Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

THE BAY The Series: No Shrinking Violet - Darkside of THE BAY’s Orchid adds color to chapter 11

Fans of Darkside of THE BAY remember Terri Ivens’ appearance as the shady lady of the evening known only as Orchid. Now, as chapter 11 of THE BAY takes on a darker, edgier twist, viewers can look forward to seeing much more of the former All My Children star.
“I love bringing her to the screen," Ivens stated as she expressed her excitement in returning to THE BAY as Orchid. "She's self involved, self-driven, street smart, and walks her talk. She’s a loaded pistol and that’s explosive fun to portray.”

Ivens, who describes her character a complex woman who will do what she must to survive and thrive, is delighted to have the opportunity to again work with THE BAY’s Creator and Executive Producer Gregori J. Martin. “I’ve grown up on camera and I’ve been fortunate to have had impeccable working environments. THE BAY is no exception. I believe in Gregori and his creation of Orchid.“
Touting the show’s elevated production values, Ivens credits the addition of some long-time friends to THE BAY’s mix. “Joining forces with producers Nadine Aronson and Anthony Pascarelli is an actor’s dream. They are the best in the business and my long-time friends from ABC’s All My Children.”

   Ivens, who has just finished filming the new scripted dramedy TV pilot “Tainted Dreams,” as well as launching her own on-camera national radio show, “Going to Bed with Terri Ivens,” expressed gratitude for the fans who have continued to support her career. “As we reflect on our gratitude, I am humbled by those of you who support my career, my hopes and make my life a joy. Through our playful banter on Facebook and Twitter, we have become friends and I am honored by that privilege.” She also encouraged viewers to give back and help end the cycle of poverty “one family at a time” by donating to foodforthepoor.org. “When we give, we receive…it’s a natural law,” continued Ivens.
To find out more about Orchid and what she’s doing to survive, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5. Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

THE BAY The Series: Making Things Happen - An interview with Bay City’s unflappable bad guy

What’s become of Steve Jensen – Bay City’s resident bad guy who we last saw kidnapping his beloved Sara – in the time between chapters 10 and 11? Where did Steve take her? Inquiring minds want to know. We spoke with the show’s multi-talented Matthew Ashford hoping to find out.

“It’s been a while since the last time we did this, and sometimes you look away and then turn back and wow…things have changed,” said Ashford about the upcoming chapter 11. As for what the fans might expect to see from his character, Ashford is pleased to say Steve has made some progress. “He’s moved from being this total outsider, to being an upstanding citizen,” he says with a hint of mischief. “He’s contributing to the community and providing services. I guess you could say he’s found his niche.” Don’t let these words fool you, Bay Watchers. Jensen is still the bad boy we all love to hate.

No stranger to playing dark characters, Ashford has found delight in portraying a more classic villain. “I enjoy the fact that he’s able to make things happen. He does what he wants to do – he’s sort of unflappable.” So what has this debonair scoundrel done to Sara? Unfortunately, Ashford wasn't spilling the beans, leaving fans no choice but to tune in to find out. 

A long-time supporter and champion of the web series format, Ashford is excited about the role THE BAY is playing in the ever-changing landscape. “This industry keeps growing and changing, and it’s good to be in on something that is a part of that,” shared Ashford.

Elaborating on the show’s growth, Ashford discussed how the show’s new four-camera format made for a more fun and exciting shoot. “This chapter was really fun and different. They had these tiny handheld cameras and one of them was inside the shoot with us, capturing some great moments.” 

As for Ashford’s work outside of THE BAY, he’s been busy “auditioning and working on a number of different projects,” reveals Ashford. “I’m not sure how much we’re ready to say, but I’ve been working on some other projects with Gregori and that’s been exciting.”

To see what havoc Steve Jensen is causing in Bay City now, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5. Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV at or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Monday, November 25, 2013

THE BAY The Series: Living and breathing THE BAY - Kristos Andrews talks of growth, loyalty and pride

When we last saw Peter, the once amnesiac son of Bay City matriarch Sara Garrett, he was wandering around the pier in search of the muffled scream that, unbeknownst to him, belonged to his mother. Counting down the days until THE BAY returns with the much anticipated chapter 11, we sat down with Peter Garrett’s portrayer, Kristos Andrews, to find out what’s happened since we last tuned in.
“Thank God I can finally say Pete’s got most of his memory together, which allows more clarity for his thoughts,” Andrews shares. The XGames champion skateboarder turned actor explained the difficulty in playing a character suffering from amnesia. “Playing hopelessly confused doesn't always work out. If there are too many feelings to convey at once, they can get lost in translation.”
Peter may have made some progress in this new chapter, but it won’t exactly be smooth sailing, hints Andrews. “Pete isn't fully grounded, but he is more mature and independent. Still, he manages to get himself into some scandalous situations.”

Unlike the character he plays, Andrews has avoided scandal and instead focuses on his budding career as an actor and producer. In addition to his lead role in the upcoming feature "A Place Called Hollywood," Andrews is also attached to other projects in development. “We’re in pre-production on a major project with Associated Television International (ATI),” reveals Andrews about his work as a producer with LANY Entertainment.
With multiple acting roles now under his belt, Andrews says the role of Peter Garrett, which he originated nearly four years ago, still holds a special place in his heart. “Pete’s upbringing has been without proper jurisdiction or guidance and he now leads a life with essentially no rules. He’s his own master and best friend, but when it’s all said and done, he still has a good heart,” states Andrews.
In addition to playing a more grown-up “Pete“ in this new chapter, Andrews had the opportunity to take a jab at some directing. “I wasn’t the director of course, that’s Gregori’s job. I did have the chance to be his right-hand man as second unit director, which is something I really enjoyed.”

Andrews detailed how the multi-camera setup, rather than the single camera format used previously, increased not only the time efficiency of the production, but also the performance of the actors. “That type of shoot keeps all the actors on their toes and makes the performances more concise,” explained Andrews.
Asked about his future with THE BAY, Andrews shared his pride for the show’s accomplishments. “We’ve all poured our blood, sweat and sometimes tears into this project, and I couldn’t be more proud of how much, under Gregori’s leadership, we‘ve achieved,” he said in referencing the publicity and awards the show has garnered, namely the 2012 Daytime Emmy nomination.

Andrews thanks the fans for the show’s popularity, as well as honoring it with the coveted Fans Choice Award for two years running. “I’m extremely grateful for the show’s awesome, loyal fans,” he said. “It’s a big deal for one created on the web with a shoestring budget to have the sort of impact we’ve had.”
Andrews went on to share his dedication to the show’s continued success. “THE BAY is a living, breathing organism for me. I’ve been here since day one. I’ve personally grown with the show and will be in full support for as long as it exists.”
To see what scandalous situations Peter Garrett finds himself in, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5. Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

THE BAY The Series: Love, loss and what remains to be seen - An interview with THE BAY's “scentual” Lilly Melgar

Stepping down from her “Soap Box,” – a new radio show she started with THE BAY’s Martha Madison (Marly Garrett-Nelson) – Lilly Melgar, portrayer of Bay City vixen 'Janice Ramos', checked in to give an update on life both onscreen and off. 
“I’ve been really focused on my new bath and body line, Scentual by Lilly, which launched earlier this year,” explained Melgar. The all-natural line, which also includes a candle collection, was recently a featured item in the Primetime Emmy Nominee Gift Bags, as well as a part of the Country Music Awards and the American Music Awards.
In addition to her entrepreneurial role, Melgar has been busy with her onscreen roles as well. “I just shot the role of 'Marta' in the bi-lingual feature film 'Tongue Tied', and of course this newest (scandalous) chapter of THE BAY,” she added. Melgar went on to share some of the things that makes Janice Ramos special and clearly different from her General Hospital alias ‘Lily Rivera-Corinthos.’  Melgar states, “Janice is passionate, unpredictable and flawed, but she has a huge heart. And she’s a fighter – I love that!”

When asked about the upcoming chapter, Melgar gave a knowing smile. “You know I can’t share too much,” she teases. “What I will say is that Janice has been in love with Lee for most of her life and now with Lee gone, she's at a complete loss.”
Calling chapter 11 the edgiest, sexist chapter yet, Melgar goes on to explain. “Janice is in a lot pain and may want to escape or need to go deep within to identify herself in a life without her true love, Lee. This all remains to be seen.”  Could Melgar be implying she’s searching for a new love?
Melgar, who expressed gratitude for the support of fans of the show, also explained why THE BAY is different from other shows she’s worked on. “Gregori gives us a little freedom to improv, and therefore we are able to 'live' the scene."
To see if Janice Ramos can once again find love, tune in to the eleventh hour of THE BAY on Dec. 5.  Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

THE BAY The Series: Jade Harlow dishes about a sexier, edgier Bay City

THE BAY’s Jade Harlow, who portrays the young and troubled Lianna Ramos, recently took a break from her hectic schedule to give us the scoop on THE BAY's upcoming chapter slated to stream live on Thursday, Dec. 5. 
“I’m going to be hunched over my computer through Thanksgiving,” says Harlow with sly chuckle as she talks about the many irons she has in the fire. Currently producing her first feature film, as well as working on a top-secret project that will be announced in January, Harlow is excited about the return of THE BAY.
“We have really hit our stride with this next chapter,” shares Harlow. “We took what worked from Seasons 1 and 2 and infused that with some of the sexy, dark edge that made 'Darkside of THE BAY' so popular.”

Harlow also explained how the show’s increased production values will be evident for fans. “This time we shot with multiple cameras and we wore mics, so we captured some of the subtleties that might have been missed in the past.”
When asked about what to expect from her character in the upcoming chapter, a tight-lipped Harlow reveals, “I can’t give anything away, but quite a bit of time has passed from where we left off. Lianna is older now and she’s succumbed to the reality that she can’t rely on the people she expected to be there for her, so she has become much more independent.

An original cast member of the show, Harlow confesses that out of all the multi-layered female characters in Bay City, she’s thrilled she gets to play Lianna. “She’s not typically the initiator of a situation, so she has a wider variety of interactions with the other characters and isn’t defined by one storyline. She's kind of carried along by the wind and happens to always be caught in a storm,” adds Harlow.
Aside from getting to play Lianna, working with THE BAY team is what Harlow enjoys best. “I LOVE the people I work with! From the creator and production team, to the entire cast and crew – I genuinely love being a part of this group of talented hard working people.” Working with creator and executive producer Gregori J. Martin also has its perks, she says. “Gregori recognizes things within the actors that most people overlook, and then takes the story he’s developed and crafts it in a way that highlights our various abilities.”
To see if Lianna Ramos can steer clear of trouble, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5.  Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Friday, November 22, 2013

THE BAY The Series: Tristan Rogers talks about changes, focus and love in Bay City

In gearing up for the new Chapter 11 of THE BAY, streaming live on Thursday, Dec. 5, we caught up with the multi-talented Tristan Rogers, who portrays Bay City's police commissioner Lex Martin, to see if we can get the scoop on what to expect when THE BAY returns.
“Things are different this time around,” says Rogers, who thinks the direction of the show is more focused than in previous chapters. “Before, the show was going in multiple directions, which was difficult to follow at times. Now, we’ve got a trimmed down cast and the show is more centered.” Rogers adds that this new chapter focuses largely on one storyline with various sub-sections.
When asked what fans can expect from Lex in the upcoming chapter, Rogers stated that his role is much the same as it has been in the past, at least for now. “Lex hasn’t changed much – he's involved with some family stuff, but he’s mostly concentrating on the police department and police matters.”

Rogers, who will soon wrap up his work on General Hospital before transitioning back to The Young and the Restless, shared his admiration of web-based shows. “I’ve been a supporter of this format for a long time. It’s such a great tool for people to use to see if an idea will take shape.” According to Rogers, THE BAY is a perfect example of that. “THE BAY was an idea that has grown and evolved and is shaping up well because of the stage that the web provides.”

And what about that potential Lex Martin/Sara Garrett pairing that has piqued the interest of so many fans? “We have always had the potential for a romance between Lex and Sara – it’s been there since the first episode. They’re definitely connected, but I don’t see it happening just yet,” said Rogers.
To see what Lex Martin has been up to, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5.  Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.

Friday, November 8, 2013

MICHAEL FAIRMAN ON AIR | ON SOAPS: THE BAY Returns Touting More Scandal, More Sex, and Being Edgier Than Ever!

THE BAY is coming back for its next chapter and turning itself on its ear!  According to their official press release: “The highly anticipated Emmy-nominated serial drama THE BAY the Series returns with an all new chapter on Thursday, Dec. 5th when two brand new installments will stream back to back at 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT. A third installment is slated to stream on Thursday, Dec. 12th, with a fourth installment streaming Thursday, Dec. 19th. For a limited time and as an added holiday treat for all of our dedicated fans, viewers will be able to enjoy an uninterrupted one hour TV pilot on Thursday, Dec. 26th.

Read the entire article HERE.

DAYTIME CONFIDENTIAL: Next Chapter of The Bay to Take a Page From 50 Shades of Grey

 Daytime Emmy-nominated web sudser The Bay will be back with all-new episodes starting December 12, and from what creator Gregori J. Martin is saying, the Mary Beth Evans vehicle will be a whole lot raunchier this time around. Think 50 Shades of Bay! Check out the full press release after the jump.

Read the entire article HERE.