DC Exclusive: Sneak Peek at Tonight's Imaginary Bitches!





Thursdays are an imaginary bitch, well, at least tonight they are! The bad boy of webisodic TV, Andrew Miller and his lovely leading lady Catherine, er Eden Riegel, are back tonight for a Very Special Episode of Imaginary Bitches at 9 pm ET! This six-minute installment of IB will be immediately followed by a chat with Eden, Catherine and Heather.

Filmed at the recent Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, this episode of IB features all our faves, Catherine, Heather and Eden, along with Elizabeth Hendrickson, Connie Fletcher Staton, Brooke Nevin and Glee's Jessalyn Gilsig.The episode will also boast the viral television debut of the Batman and Robin of soap opera blogging, We Love Soaps' Roger Newcomb and Damon Jacobs, who play nasty, vicious, tabloid journalists in the episode. Talk about typecasting! I caught up with Eden, Andrew and the We Love Soaps boys to get a sneak peek at tonight's show.

Daytime Confidential: So Andrew, how did you come up with the concept for tonight's Very Special Episode of Imaginary Bitches, and why is it every time I write the phrase "Very Special Episode" I think I am about to describe that one episode of Facts of Life where Natalie's cherry got popped?

Andrew Miller: We were so incredibly honored to get the Emmy nomination, but it raised some issues about equality between the real and imaginary actresses in our cast. Difficult issues that lead to yelling and crying and ultimately a lot of hugging. I felt it was important to shine a light on the concerns that were raised and bring our fans into the discussion.We all have preconceived ideas about what imaginary people are, but until you've walked in their imaginary shoes, you really never know what they go through. Making a Very Special Episode seemed like the best way to support these treasured members of our IB family.

DC: Uh...okay! [Jamey snatches the rubbing alcohol from Andrew's hands] Can you provide DC readers with an update on Imaginary Bitches: The Movie?

AM: We're so excited about the movie. The script is in a great place and goes much deeper than Season One was able to. Darker, funnier and sexier. Copperheart Entertainment is putting everything together in the hopes to start shooting Spring/Summer.

DC: Groovy, what's the latest on the second season of Imaginary Bitches? I am really getting tired of acting out scenes with my Catherine and Heather paper dolls! 

AM: Season Two is currently in the hands of Strike.Tv. I've got a great story laid out for Eden and the gang with a number of scripts written and ready to go.All we need now is the financing to make it happen (maybe we can borrow some of that Venice web series money). Our fingers are crossed and we're all dying to start shooting before the movie gets underway.

DC: Eden, I told you on the red carpet for the Creative Arts Emmys that KY-Jelly would be the perfect brand to sponsor this show, especially if you send them clips of Greg Rikaart's episode! What did the best friends a girl never sees, Catherine and Heather, think of the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Were they bummed that IB didn't win the Daytime Emmy for New Approaches?

Eden Riegel: Don't get me started. They were a nightmare and didn't take losing very well. Catherine says "coming close" only counts in hand grenades and group sex, and Heather kept dragging people into a bathroom stall screaming, "Let's see an animated John Lennon do this!", then proceeding to... Let's just say, I spent most of the night with Andrew and my real co-stars.

DC: Were Catherine and Heather impressed with Vanessa Williams as host, or would they have preferred an imaginary host, say for instance Snuffaluffagus from Sesame Street?

ER: Catherine thinks Snuffaluffagus looks filthy and can't imagine what lives in his fur. Heather is intrigued by the size of his trunk. But on Emmy night, Catherine went to the show at the Orpheum with Andrew and Cameron Mathison while Heather and I stayed home. We thought the show was fantastic. Especially Susan Lucci's moving "Daytime Gives Back" segment, but Catherine had a terrible time. She kept texting us endlessly saying how much better she would have looked in Tamara Braun's dress. Which is impossible!

DC: Catherine is such a hater! So Roger, what was it like making your webisodic debut?

Roger Newcomb:I'm now considering giving up We Love Soaps and going into acting full-time! Seriously, it was a blast. Andrew Miller is inspiring, and I can't imagine a better on-set atmosphere than the folks behind IB and the cast have created. I'm hoping Andrew sees our potential and spins us off into our own series, Unimaginative Bastards.

DC: Simmer down there amigo! Miller owes me a reality pilot treatment about my misadventures trying to open for the N'Sync renuon tour first! You already created a popular internet radio soap, Scripts and Scruples. Did doing this episode of IB inspire you to do your own web soap one day?

RN: I took the S&S concept to film with Manhattanites, but have always wanted to do a video web soap. I have so many ideas from a web continuation of the film to some brand new concepts. Working on IB definitely got the creative juices flowing again and I hope to have something in the works in the near future.

DC: Cool beans! Damon, you're a licensed therapist, would you consider Eden's decision to create imaginary friends— who turned out to be bitches— to talk to when her real friends ignored her, psychologically healthy?

Damon Jacobs: Eden's reaction to her perceived sense of abandonment is a completely healthy response. Instead of sinking into a hole of depression, or making dramatic gestures in order to get attention, she turned within
herself to create new life to sustain and invigorate her spirit. She has struggled to keep a healthy balance between her human friends and her imaginary friends, and has learned all have strengths and limitations.

DC: Dude, that was imaginary bitchin'! You sound just like Dr. Marlena Evans, Dr. Taylor Hayes and Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon all rolled into one shouldless, package! So, what kind of "shoulds" do you believe Catherine and Heather would benefit from giving up in their imaginary lives?

DJ: As far as Catherine? That bitch had the nerve to berate me as a therapist, insult the entire psychology field, inappropriately feel my crotch (it was not an "accident"!), and then had the nerve to call me imaginaphobic. Can you believe that?

DC: [Throws red clay in Damon Jacobs' face] That's all of Tara you'll ever get! Oh, wait...sorry, I was reciting scenes from Gone With the Wind again. Carry on!

DJ: Catherine and Heather could both benefit from letting go of the thought, "Eden should be giving us her primary attention instead of those human bitches."This "should" conflicts with the reality that Eden is trying very hard to keep a healthy mix between her human and imaginary friends. Consequently, Catherine and Heather become jealous, upset, and nasty.If you don't believe me, ask Heather about that nasty hangover she had the morning after the Emmy's. I heard it wasn't pretty.

Check out tonight's Very Special Episode of IB at 9 pm ET on the Official Imaginary Bitches website. Once the eppy is uploaded to You Tube, I will post here on DC!