Things are about to get ugly in Bay City, California. When the younger generation of the Garrett and Ramos clans venture to the Darkside of The Bay, they find their little, young behinds in all kinds of trouble!
I recently caught up with The Bay franchise creator Gregori J. Martin who spilled the tea on Darkside of the Bay, premiering this Thursday, Aug. 9 at 3:15 pm EST. Keep reading for a sneak peek at the turmoil Marly (Days of Our Lives alum Martha Madison), Manny ( ex-General Hospital star Ignacio Serrichio) and the rest of the gang will find themselves in.
Daytime Confidential: What can fans of The Bay expect from your late summer spinoff Darkside of The Bay?
Gregori J. Martin: Well, for one, the show gets a lot edgier, a lot darker than usual. Some of your favorite Bay City regulars end up on the wrong side of tracks and find themselves in some very risky situations, to say the least! On a production standpoint, we're taking a bite out of that classic ER feel by going handheld. I think it gives it a more gritty feel. Fits the scenarios.
DC: The Bay boasts quite a bit of longterm soap vets among its cast. However, Darkside of the Bay focuses on the younger set. Will we see this shift to a focus on Gen Y throughout The Bay franchise?
GJM: Yes and no. We will definitely spend a lot more time focusing on Gen Y in Season 3. A lot more so than we've done in the past, but it'ss not to say we'll be losing the content you've gotten from our soap vets in the past. Some of these soap vets are the heart and soul, the core of what I've created with The Bay and Bay City. They aren't going anywhere. You'll just be getting faster stories and more content. Darkside is the beginning of something new and exciting on The Bay! But your favorite soap stars are still a big part of what's to come in Season 3.
DC: Darkside of The Bay will feature several beloved ex-daytimers, like Brian Gaskill and Terri Ivens. Will we see any of them move over to The Bay?
GJM: Well, I don't want to give too much away before you watch Darkside, but yes, several of our summer special guests will be crossing over to the mother show later this season.
DC: You recently brought on a new executive producer, and have been working to secure a television deal. Any updates on that front?
GJM: So much wonderful news we hope to share with you, though I'm not quite ready to divulge any of that info yet. I can just say that we are very excited to have Gabriel Gornell on board. He'ss wonderful new blood to our family and is extremely enthusiastic about his involvement on our show. We have a lot of awesome things planned.
DC: The life of an independent television producer is not for the faint of heart, with all of the struggles to get funding, distribution, etc. What keeps you going?
GJM: To be honest, I think my love for this show is rooted very deep. It'ss more than just a business venture. The Bay is like "child" to me. And honestly, we have some pretty amazing loyal fans. It'ss ironic because I'm one of them. I'm really a fan of my own show. As I've said many times before, I remember growing up watching amazing daytime television on NBC's Santa Barbara and Another World and ABC's All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. We don't see that quality storytelling anymore. I miss that, and my way of getting that fixed is by creating The Bay. Call me biased, but I truly can't get enough of The Bay. It's been an amazing ride so far, successfully and creatively.
DC: I'm sure the Daytime Emmy nomination didn't hurt your motivation?
GJM: I've always wanted an Emmy nomination, so it certainly didn't hurt my motivation at all. The accolades that have come to me and my team from all of our hard work and dedication to this show has a great deal to do with what I do and why I do it. Next year we just have to bring that beautiful golden angel home!
DC: What advice would you give aspiring webisoap creators?
GJM: Be creative and don't let anyone tell you you can't do it! Yes, you can! Have fun, enjoy yourself, and always make sure you're releasing quality content!
From the press release:
Take heed when DARKSIDE OF THE BAY, the summer special spin-off of the Emmy-nominated THE BAY, premieres Thursday, August 9th at 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT. Revolving around THE BAY’s Generation Y, it’s a life or death situation when the younger residents of Bay City dare venture into the wrong side of town. Featuring THE BAY’s KRISTOS ANDREWS (Peter Garrett), JADE HARLOW (Lianna Ramos), MARTHA MADISON (Marly Nelson-Foster), IGNACIO SERRICCHIO (Manny Ramos), TAYLOR STANLEY (Zoey Johnson), and DERRELL WHITT (Will Campbell), DARKSIDE OF THE BAY scorches the screen when Lianna, in her quest for another fix, stumbles into a situation too hot to handle. Will comes to her rescue, putting his own life in jeopardy in the process. As he searches for his missing mother and brother, Peter faces those intent on serving their own brand of justice. Zoey dares to face the unthinkable after summoning Marly and Manny’s help. In the aftermath of all the chaos, Manny attempts to pick up the pieces of Marly’s shattered heart.
Reeking havoc in Bay City’s back alleys are SCOTT BAILEY as the persistent and cold-hearted reporter, Nathan Perkins; BRIAN GASKILL as Chase Walker, the arrogant thug who enjoys his job a bit too much; and TERRI IVENS as the sultry and knife-wielding call girl, Orchid. CELESTE FIANNA returns as Tamara Garrett, a member of the Garrett family who harbors her own dark and seedy secrets. Making his debut in the first act, RIB HILLIS guests stars as a scantly-clad Matthew Johnson who offers Lianna fair warning for what she is about to get herself into. MASSI FURLAN guest stars as Anton, a goon determined to exact deadly revenge on Peter Garrett for a murder he didn’t commit. Tune in on Thursday, Aug. 9th when the first of five installments of DARKSIDE OF THE BAY streams on http://www.thebaytheseries.com.
The Indie GoGo Campaign for Season 3 of THE BAY can be found at: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/150576?a=155304
New items including the 'Boys of The Bay' can be found in THE BAY's Cafepress Store here: http://www.cafepress.com/thebaystore.