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Interview: Soap Star Natalia Livingston of  General Hospital and Days of Our Lives Now Starring as Liza Park in Tainted Dreams and Owner of Her Own Business - Learn What Inspires Her
Natalia  Livington is an Emmy-award winning actress, producer and also a business owner. From her days in soaps as a member of the Quartermaine clan Emily Bowen Quartermaine on General Hospital to her time at Days of Our Lives as Taylor Walker, Natalia has also produced, acted in commercials and also film. In this interview she talks about her new role as Liza Park on the Emmy-nominated Tainted Dreams now streaming on Amazon, her new role as owner of the www.ActorBoutique.com business in Atlanta and how her inspiration can be yours too. Read: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/08/interview-soap-star-natalia-livingston.html

Anacostia Web Series Update: Daytime Legend Elizabeth Hubbard Emmy Award-winning Show Anacostia

The  cast of Anacostia the Series 
Elizabeth Hubbard joins Martha Byrne in the fourth season of the web series Anacostia. 


(Press Release) Washington, D.C.– Two-time Emmy Award winner Elizabeth Hubbard joins ANACOSTIA in the role of Eva Montgomery. Best known for her role as shrewd businesswoman Lucinda Walsh of As the World Turns from 1984 – 2010 will make her Web Series debut this fall in a role that was “custom made for her” says series creator Anthony Anderson. For rest of article:


NJ's Martha Byrne Receives Indie Series Award Nomination: Roger Newcomb's Indies Series Award Show #ISA6 to be Held in North Hollywood in April 2015

NJ's Martha Byrne, who received two Emmys for her portrayal of  Lily Walsh Snyder on the long-running soap As The World Turns, was nominated this February for an Indie Series Award in the  Best Guest Actress in a Drama category for her role in Anacostia, a popular web series about a group of family and friends entangled in all sorts of business in Washington DC.The Indie Series Awards is going into its sixth year. Started by Roger Newcomb of WeLoveSoaps LLC, it's become THE awards show for web series. From it's humble beginnings in the Big Apple, it's now being held at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood. The date is April 1, 2015. Days of Our Lives fan fave Eric Martsolf will leave Salem that day to host the show. The show promises to be bigger and better than ever. Click for full article:






Daryn Strauss, Martha Byrne &  Frederick King Keller Team up for New Internet Comedy: Weight - A Series Which Looks at the Crazy and Zany Things our Obsession with Weight Makes Us Do
           
 (NYC) - Weight is a new internet comedy series from three heavyweights from multiple platforms: Writers Guild Award-nominated digital writer and producer, Daryn Strauss (Downsized), two time Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Martha Byrne (As The World Turns, Crisis, Gotham The Series) and veteran primetime network television producer and director Frederick King Keller (Crisis, 24, Blue Bloods). #Weighttheseries will begin production this summer. For updates see: https://www.facebook.com/weighttheseries. On Twitter: @Weighttheseries.

The series is penned by Strauss, who was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for her first web series Downsized, a dramedy about middle class New Yorkers trying to adjust to the absurdities of life during the economic crisis. Byrne joins the project as star and producer with King Keller set to direct.

“I like to write shows about everyday issues that make people act nuts,” states Strauss. “Weight is my latest comedy series centered on the age-old adage that weight makes people act totally crazy.”

http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/06/daryn-strauss-martha-byrne-frederick.html


Martha Byrne, Daryn Strauss and Frederick King Keller Set Release Date for Scripted Reality Weight Loss Pilot Weight, Episode Appears Online 8/2/15 at www.Weighttheseries.com


Weighta new comedy series about life after extreme reality TV weight loss from internet phenom and Writers Guild Award nominee Daryn Strauss and starring three-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne, will premiere its first episode on Sunday, August 2nd, at 8 PM EST at www.weighttheseries.com.

Viewers can join the "Virtual Release Party" with Byrne, cast, and special guests by using the hashtag #weightcrazy on Twitter and by following @weighttheseries, starting at 7 PM EST, August 2, 2015.      For full article click here




The Wait is Over: Weight the Series Pilot starring Martha Byrne Premieres in NYC Amidst a Bevy of Soap Friends for Support

Executive Producers of Weight, Martha Byrne and Daryn Strauss
On the second floor of the Galway Pub in midtown Manhattan they filed in. One soap actor after another, all there to support a fellow actress in her new project, a comedy series called Weight.

Emmy-Winner Martha Byrne put together this new show with Creator and Writers Guild Award Nominee Dayrn Strauss. It's a "dramedy" centering around a middle-class mom "Clare", played by Martha who goes on a reality show to lose weight. The pilot for this show premiered at the party.

As the series had conducted a crowdfunding campaign, the VIP Soap Party, as it was billed, was a donor perk, but it evolved into so much more. It was a reunion for so many soap actors, actors who spent days and months and years with each other, but many of whom have seen their soaps end. And because of this, had not seen their soap "family" in quite some time.



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Daryn Strauss' New Webseries WEIGHT Gets New Cast Member - Maitely Weismann Joins Martha Byrne: Indiegogo Campaign Offers Soap Star-Studded Party


Maitely Weismann joins Weight
Weight, the new internet comedy from Writers Guild Award Nominee Daryn Strauss (Downsized) and two-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne (As the World Turns, NBC's Crisis) has announced that Maitely Weismann (Showtime's Masters of Sex, Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat) will be joining the cast. Martha Byrne is set to star in the series playing Claire, a mom who loses 100 pounds on a reality show and then has to contend with the absurd and complicated reactions of her friends and family as she attempts to balance the day to day pressures of staying thin and appearing on a reality show. Weismann, straight off of a starring role in the award-winning indie comedy feature Chasing Taste, will be playing a producer of the reality show Claire appears on. 

NJ's Martha Byrne Joins the Cast of new NBC Crime Thriller CRISIS

Los Angeles: Two-time Emmy winning actress Martha Byrne, best known for her work on the popular former long-running daytime drama, As the World Turns, will be returning to television as she joins the cast of the new NBC crime thriller, Crisis, set to air March 16,2014 in the Sunday at 10pm time slot after the Sochi Olympics.

Crisis is a powerful crime thriller set in Washington DC, which centers around a school bus carrying some the the nation's most important people's children that is ambushed on a secluded rural road, igniting a national crisis. Just how far the parents will go to rescue their kids plays out in this edge-of-
your-seat drama. Crisis stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Rachel Taylor (666 Park Avenue) and others. The series was created by executive producer and writer Rand Ravich, Phillip Noyce also serves as executive producer. It is a production of 20th Century Fox Television.
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Actress Martha Bryne Takes on Two New Roles: In NBC's Crisis and as Spokesperson for Bergen's CASA for Children

If you’re a fan of TV, have watched NBC in the past month, or been on YouTube, you’ve probably seen the suspenseful promo for NBC’s newest crime thriller Crisis, starring Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Rachel Taylor and Lance Gross.
In those intriguing commercials one may see a very compelling scene of a woman with a row of bombs strapped to her waist, standing in the lobby of the CIA, hysterical, about to push the button on the detonator in her right hand. She emits a terrifying, “Help me”. To see the rest of this article click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/04/emmy-winner-martha-byrne-takes-on-two.html


Interview: Two- Time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne Talks Soaps

Martha was part of the As The World Turns cast for almost two decades. She grew up on the soap and is a respected actor and producer in the industry.  After ATWT went off the air, she put together her own "soap" on the Internet. This continuing drama, called "Gotham" is in the process now of production for broadcast TV as well as multiple digital platforms. With the resurgence of some popular soaps, and now the recent news that the OWN Network will now show them, Martha's show is at the forefront of the new wave of popularity for soaps. 

Come back to this blog for more interviews as we follow Martha through the production process. Please "Like" GothamTheSeries on Facebook for the latest updates.

SBTS: What are your fondest memories of being on ATWT?

I specifically remember my first day. I was not the first actress to play the role of Lily. I was chosen from my original audition six months prior when the actress who was chosen left abruptly. I was called on a Friday to start the following Monday. Who knew I would stay for 19 years?? There are so many wonderful memories, but at the end of the day, it's the family aspect of the job that stays with me. There is no other job like it in the world. When you do a film or TV series, it ends after a few weeks or in rare cases, a few years. Working on ATWT brought a lifetime of relationships which are very intimate and stay with you. Over the 19 years on the show, I got married, had three babies and won a few Emmys in between. It was a great ride. Read: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2013/06/interview-two-time-emmy-winner-martha.html


Cast News For Gotham!



Robin Christopher, best known for her role as Skye Chandler Quartermaine on All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital will be joining the cast of Gotham! I remember her best from Another World. She is married to Matt Crane, also from AW. You may also recognize her from her time on Star Trek Deep Space Nine.


Gotham (http://www.gothamtheseries.com) was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 and won an Indie Soap Award In March of 2013. She is also co-owner of Full Circle Talent Agency, LLC in NJ, a talent training and management business.
Press inquiries: Suzanne Curry: createsomebuzz@gmail.com.
Website: http://www.gothamtheseries.com

View: NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S SOAP
By Suzee

I have been working with Emmy-winning actress Martha Byrne, best known for her role as Lily Walsh Snyder on As The World Turns  for a few years now. After the show went off the air, and us soap fans were starving for more content,  Martha co-created a series/soap for the Web, called Gotham. I am very excited to say that this  Emmy-nominated webseries (yes, I did say "Emmy" again!) is coming to TV this year AND to digital platforms, which means, you can watch it just about anywhere and everywhere you want to.

But first, a little bit of history. If you are not familiar with web soaps, they are different than traditional afternoon soaps. They are shorter, for one thing, and the sets, hair and makeup are not what we are accustomed to. There are a whole lot of them out there, often referred to as "indie" soaps, and they feature many of the characters we are used to seeing on our TV sets. The storylines are also sometimes different than what you would see on the boob tube, basically anything goes.

Now let me speak to the word "soap". The term "soap opera"  is sometimes a turnoff to anyone who thinks 30 is old. I asked my son's girlfriend, who is 19, if she would watch a new soap and she said, "No, that's what my grandma watches in Poland.". Soaps clearly have a bad rap with the millenials.

I have been watching "soaps" since I was 16. It all started when I was home from school for spring break and there was nothing else but game shows to watch. Now, that may be hard to believe now but in the 1970's  there really wasn't much on TV for a teenager to watch and Monte Hall was not as pleasurable to watch as was Drake Hogestyn. I tell my kids that the only kid's shows that came on were a few after school on Channel 5 and then some on Saturday morning. I can still sing "Exercise, Exercise", and then find myself  "freezing". Ah, the good ol' days. But not really. We did not have much of a selection. Until the Partridge Family and Brady Bunch came into our lives. Ahh, now that was good TV.

But back to "soaps". Traditional soaps have a very slow pace. Martha's "Gotham" does not. The storyline is easy to follow. I watch "Revenge" and some other serial dramas and the story moves so fast I sometimes have to think why things unravel the way they do. But then again many times the plots do not make sense, so it's better not to think.

I recently read some pieces by Lynn Liccardo, an icon in the "soap" world, and she spoke of  "vertical storytelling". This is when you know each of the characters and their history because they are more like real people than fictional characters, so what they do and how they interact makes sense. However, this knowledge only comes with knowing the characters for a long period of time and this is the benefit of daily "soap operas". There were also weekly shows back in the 80's, like Knots Landing (one of my all-time faves), Dallas and Dynasty, that were  pretty much  "night-time soaps". If you compare what happens in one episode of  Revenge these days it is pretty much the entire season of one of these night time "soaps".  Not only would the viewers have known "who shot JR" the next week but they would have found out on some spoiler alert on the Internet before then anyway.

Content has had to change with the medium. If I missed Marcia getting hit in the nose with a football I would have had to wait to see it when it was repeated at the end of the season. I much prefer the 24/7 availability of content we have now, though working a VCR was a lot easier than using 4 remotes to access Netflix.

Gotham is more like a night -time soap. It is a serial drama, and you will get to know the characters well, but it is not your Grandma's soap! It only has one year on the Web, so the stories are easy to catch up with, but they'll be a great recap for the first episode. Expect to see some great storylines with people of all ages, engaging characters, suspense, drama, glamour, romance, and a cast of known faces and some upcoming stars.

I've posted the official press release and video in my next post.  Be sure to "Like" Gothamtheseries.com on Facebook!


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