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B&B’s Lawrence Saint-Victor and Karla Mosley Talk WED-LOCKED Series Campaign, Guiding Light, And Their On-Going Collaboration!

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Since their days together as lovebirds Remy and Christina on the beloved Guiding Light, Lawrence-Saint Victor and Karla Mosley discovered they are two peas in a pod. Together, they have created memorable moments for soap fans, and gone on some intriguing creative adventures together.   While both stars are now firmly ensconced on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, (he as Carter, and she as Maya) behind the scenes they are working on reviving their web series, Wed-Locked first born back in 2009 on the heels of the cancellation of GL.

Wed-Locked which at its epicenter is about two young-marrieds with a comedic twist is now on its way back some 8 years later. To get the series up and running and on its feet, Lawrence and Karla have been hard at work promoting their crowdfunding campaign, and prepping to shoot more episodes of their series.  CBS Daytime fans recall that since Wed-Locked, Lawrence and Karla also starred in a brief series Room 8, which once again captured their undeniable chemistry.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the talented twosome to get some insight into their funding campaign, what perks are available for fans who donate, what their plans are once they shoot the new episodes, and more. In addition, Guiding Light fans, make sure to check out their thoughts on the final episode as we said farewell to Springfield favorites.

Tell me about your crowdfunding campaign for Wed-Locked, which is unique as opposed to others like it. 

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LAWRENCE:  We are doing a crowdfunding campaign through Seed and Spark that is geared towards filmmakers and it ends on June 14th which is my birthday.  We are trying to raise $12,000 which will give us the money to shoot the show, get us the crew, equipment, the ability to feed people who work on the project … all that jazz!

Which came first, your online series Room 8 or Wed-Locked, for those who don’t know the back-story of your collaboration? 

KARLA:  Room 8 was after Wed-Locked.  We had met with Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, The Bold and the Beautiful) and he had the idea for Lawrence and me to do Room 8, because he saw Wed-Locked.  That was something we created after Guiding Light, because it was sad to say goodbye to our characters.  I think it was my mom at that point who suggested, “Do something for the fans!”  Lawrence was saying back then, “There is this thing happening on the internet with Crystal Chappell creating her web series, Venice.”   So we thought, “Sure!  Let’s put something out there!”  Wed-Locked is a show that over the years people have wanted to see more of, and so we are doing more! 

What is the premise to the story of Wed-Locked?

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LAWRENCE:  The premise of Wed-Locked is about this young, married couple stumbling through their first year of marriage. And as far as black or diverse couples on TV, you either have them single, or they have a family, but you don’t usually see that sort of “Mad About You” trying to do life together show, and what they go through in a relationship.  We felt that back in 2009 and it’s now 2017, and we are older and have lived life more, so we want to load it up and take the romanticism, off of marriage. However, it is still very romantic and loving, but it also shows it can be awkward and real. 

But … as we know … the two of you love doing comedy, right?

KARLA:  For sure, you know! (Laughs) Even with Remy and Christine on Guiding Light, I don’t think they quite knew how silly, fun, and light-hearted Lawrence and I would be and with those characters.  As they discovered that about us, they started writing more towards that.  We have a comic sensibility after working with each other, and it’s really fun to be able to play on all of that. The thing about the internet is that you can be more edgy.  You can say things you can’t say on network TV.  That’s the fun of it and the challenge for us too, because we are both polite people in real life and so to get a bit dirtier is … fun! (Laughs) 

That happens a lot on soaps that once the writers know you, and see how you work with the material, they tend to write more in-line with who you are.

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KARLA:  It’s the gift that happens after playing characters for so long, and having the writers get to know you where they then start to write for you and your strengths. 

Wed-Locked was written by the two of you.  How did this concept all begin?

LAWRENCE:   We sat down and thought about topics in our personal lives, and our friend’s lives of what we heard, and what we could take out of that, and then we got a little giggly with it. We knew we were on to something.

Lawrence and Karla, you have this enduring collaboration between you since your Guiding Light days.  What has contributed to this chemistry the two of you have with each other?   

LAWRENCE:  The moment we started working together we had this banter, and this sense of humor, and this chemistry sort of popped up.  The cool thing about Guiding Light was I don’t know if they had long terms plan for Remy and Christina, but they sort of left us to our own devices and our chemistry sort of was popping out more.  Karla could finish my sentences, we never really rehearsed, and it was like that from day one.  It was just easy with us.  When you work with Karla, you know she is a ray of sunshine.

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KARLA:  It’s really rare that you find someone you connect with creatively and on a friendship level.  So it is fun to work together.  We both have the same work ethic as well. We are both motivated and push each other. We have a fun competition with each other too, and we both want to do the same kind of content as well, which is; we want to do content that makes people feel good after they watch it.

How many episodes of Wed-Locked will you produce if you get the funding? 

KARLA: We are shooting five, but we have endless episodes written, and endless scenarios! 

How long are each installments?

LAWRENCE:  The episodes will range from 5 to 8 minutes.  Our thought on the production from the viewers’ perspective is, “What is it like to be a fly on a wall?” We want to give the audience this sense of peering in on what really happens when two people can’t agree about anything, and things like: should you be friends with your ex-boyfriend? That will come up. 

OK, let’s dish.  I can’t be friends with any of my exes, can you?

LAWRENCE:   No, and no!

KARLA:   Yes! 

LAWRENCE:  And you see … that is where improv starts to take place!   (Laughs) 

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How would you describe your characters, Robert and Denise, in Wed-Locked?

LAWRENCE:   It’s interesting. In the original, Robert was a bit more naïve and Denise was more experienced in some ways, but Robert was more experienced in long term relationships.  We made this so they are as opposite as they can be, but still attracted to each other. 

KARLA:  The baseline is always love, and we always want to feel their love, even though there are challenges and they are working through them.

Where can your fans look forward to finding the new episodes?

LAWRENCE:  After we shoot them then we will try to look for the right place for them, and if nothing else, it will go on our You Tube channel.  So we are keeping all of our options open. 

There are some important milestones you need to reach in your campaign, tell us about them.

KARLA:  First, I want to say every little bit helps.  The beauty of crowdfunding is it does not have to be a huge donation.  Also, by following the page, if we get 500 followers then we get this incredible package to help our project look its best.  Seed and Spark is this amazing platform and are so helpful. They are creating this community for film and TV.

What happens if you don’t make your financial goal and you have donated? Will donor’s money be refunded to them as in other crowdfunding company campaigns?

LAWRENCE:  If we don’t meet 80% of our goal the money goes back… but we are well on the way.

Are there perks for people who donate?

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KARLA:  Anyone who donates will get a shout-out on social media, and on another donation level there is also an acting coaching session from Lawrence and I, and the largest incentives are if you come out in L.A. you will have dinner with us.

LAWRENCE:  They also get a workout with me, or get pampered with Karla!

KARLA:   Right!  Then we go to dinner, so it’s pretty cool! 

Have you received support from mostly the Guiding Light fan base or the B&B fan base since you announced your venture?

KARLA:  The Guiding Light fans were there the first week donating and pushing our crowdfunding on facebook. Guiding Light fans are no joke… they are the best!

LAWRENCE:  B&B’s Carter and Maya are very different than how Karla and I are in real life.  I think on Guiding Light we were more us.  The Bold and the Beautiful fans, who have not seen Room 8 probably are thinking, “Carter and Maya from B&B are going to be funny?”

Let’s reminisce for a minute about the final episode of Guiding Light.  I remember, Remy and Christina were in the park scene living happily-ever-after. Did you like how they wrapped up your characters?

LAWRENCE:  It was a fast-forward to a year later.  I think for them it was how do you end something that is not supposed to end?  So on Guiding Light, you got to see where everybody landed.  Now on All My Children’s ABC finale they ended with a gunshot in the dark!

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KARLA:  For us, they wanted to give a lovely farewell. They wanted to get nostalgic and tie-up loose ends. I liked the ending for our characters.  It was sweet.

LAWRENCE:   I loved it!  Remy and Christina were married, and they had a kid.

KARLA:  Yup!  They did that after all of the back and forth.

LAWRENCE:  With all of the characters on Guiding Light, I was just happy to be in the finale.  I would have been happy for us to pop up and go, “Hey, guys!”   I am just so happy that they believed in our characters to be part of this historic moment in television.

Watch Lawrence and Karla’s funding pitch for Wed-Locked below! Then, let us know if you would love to see their series get off the ground and online?  Want to be part of the #WedLockedTribe?  What do you think of Lawrence and Karla’s long-running collaboration? The ending of Guiding Light? Comment below!

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I used to watch Guiding Light a little during the ’90’s before the budget cuts and before it looked like a home video on VHS. What a tragedy. I remember that I liked the show. I watched the last week it aired and felt sad for the actors who called Springfield home for so long. Besides the cloning storyline (stupid), I thought their storylines were based on family and relationships and had a central core and heart. I miss the “feel” of daytime in the 80’s and 90’s when there was a smaller cast (with more talent), no expenses were spared, travel shoots were in the budget, and storylines centered around friendships, relationships…the human element.

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Kevin C

dmr, I was so hooked on GL from 1979-1982 while Douglas Marland wrote the show then I watch off and on after Douglas left…so true on what you said to what happened to GL, the camera shooting and the writing at the end was just horrible which destroyed the once great show…so so sad.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Oh, how I miss AMC, ATWT, AW, EON, GL, SFT, OLTL & DS! It has been many years, but you can’t forget any of them.

JK
JK

GUIDING LIGHT…..NOW THERE WAS A SHOW AND SOME VERY TALENTED ACTORS….

Monte
Monte

Not a fan of artists asking us to fund their projects. Two regularly employed actors should be able to pay
for their own hobbies.

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Trophy Lady

These two are so cute! I loved Remy and Christina on Guiding Light. I still hate that they made Maya be transgender on B&B. Maya was already an established character and she was battling Caroline for Rick. Now that Maya is transgender, they have literally backed her character into a corner. There will be no more love triangles, no more Maya going back to Carter…NOTHING! They should’ve just gotten a different actor to portray a transgender character. Why not just get a transgender actor in the first place???

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Former Y&R, Santa Barbara, Capitol, and Guiding Light Executive Producer John Conboy Dead

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Reports surfaced on Friday that legendary soap opera executive producer, John Conboy had passed away.

Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) posted the news of Conboy’s death on her facebook page along with these sentiments: “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,, “BIG” JOHN CONBOY, the ORIGINAL Producer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, left us today The Big Guy, with the BIG LAUGH, Man about Town, and One HELLUVA PRODUCER… Whether you loved him, or not ..YOU have to agree He was ONE OF A KIND! God Bless you, John. Give Jeanne a Hug from all of us.”

CBS Daytime also tweeted: “We join Judith and the CBS Daytime community in mourning the loss of John Conboy. John was a longtime Executive Producer on #YR, created Capitol and later was EP of Guiding Light. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Conboy was the original executive producer of The Young and the Restless and remained with the show from its inception in 1973 through to 1982.  Prior to that, he served as the EP on CBS’ Love is a Many Splendored Thing from 1970-1973.  After Y&R, John next launched CBS’ new soap Capitol and stayed as the EP up through its cancellation in 1987.

John made a comeback in 1991 with the one and only Santa Barbara, where he served as the top executive of the series for a time, with the last soap he helmed being Guiding Light from 2002-2004.

Throughout his daytime career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys – three for the soaps, and one for an afternoon special. (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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OLTL Alum Tuc Watkins Joins GL Alum Matt Bomer And An All-Star Cast In Broadway Revival Of Boys In The Band!

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, Boys in the Band, a limited engagement of the theatrical production is scheduled next year from April 30–August 12, 2018 a the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

The cast will feature none other than former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) along with Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more.  The play will be directed this time out by two-time Tony winner, Joe Mantello.

The Boys in the Band centers around a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. (more…)

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