God Bless The Net. Video killed the radio star and if this keeps up the Internet will kill the television show - and for the first time in years I don't think that's a bad thing. I just finished watching the sneak peek of General Hospital writer Karen Harris's new web show Life In General and I am blown away with how smart, fast-paced, emotionally resonant and sexy the show managed to be in just its pilot episode.
It is so refreshing to see talented soap stars like Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days; Winnie, LIG), Lindze Letherman (ex-Georgie, GH; Maddie, LIG) and Scott Clifton (ex-Dillon, GH; Fritz, LIG) hold their own with legends like JoBeth Williams (Mary Kate) and Brynn Thayer (ex-Jenny, OLTL; Rachel, LIG).
John Ingle, does a hilarious departure from his incorrigible Edward Quartermaine day job on GH as Raymond, the "legend in his own mind" creator of Greenville General. Ingle and Zucker - whose head writer Winnie must deal with Raymond rewriting her scripts - have instant platonic supercouple chemistry from their very first scene .Thayer and Robert Desiderio (Brian, LIG) are both poignant and kneeslap-inducing as the show's reigning supercouple onscreen and off.
LIG comes at the perfect time for this soap lover for two reasons, first, it manages to showcase all of the backstage shenanigans of a daytime soap (which unless you've been living under a rock this month, you realize is all-too-true to life!) without being vitriolic or demeaning to the genre we all love and want to see restored. It will also no doubt help me get over my web-withdrawals since Imaginary Bitches is currently on hiatus.
Okay, so now here's the fun part! Strike TV is holding a special Beta Launch to make sure all the kinks are out before the online network's official debut this September. Karen has provided us with a special code allowing the first 200 Daytime Confidential readers an opportunity to go to Strike TV and check out Life in General as well as other Strike TV shows!
Here's a note from Karen explaining how it works:
"Log onto http://beta.strike.tv and enter the code STV0035KH (as well as name, e-mail, and other required info). Once the code has entered and taken effect, anyone with it can sign on to the page again and view as many times as they want -- including viewing the other terrific shows. If you have any problems with the site, feel free to make comments in the comments section at the top right corner of the main page. Enjoy!"