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Lauralee Bell's New Web Series MI PROMISE Debuts! The Motto: Live Your Life, Don't Text It!

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The creative mind of another member of the legendary Bell family has come up with yet another intriguing web series and concept that debuted today on its series website!  That would be The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) who has written, produced, co-stars, and directs in the new short form series,  mi Promise!

mI promise follows Riley (Cassidy Ann Shaffer, who recurs as Kimmy on Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally) on her 16th birthday, full of life and wonder, on the cusp of first love and first car.  The viewer joins Riley to experience the thrill of someone liking you for the first time via text and then how the same once-in-a-lifetime moments can happen if you are actually seeing the other person’s face and the excitement that only happens when you are face-to-face. It’s definitely not all sweetness and light and that becomes clear in the first episode. Viewers will see the consequence of  mI promise, that I won’t text my life away” and the result of living it fully, real emotions and all. Riley’s choices are highlighted with her best friend, her annoying little brother, her attempt to assert her independence from her mom (played by Bell), dancing with someone she’s crushing on for the first time and following up that amazing experience with … a text instead of feeling the tingle of having that person right next to you, stumbling over their words and feeling the shy awkwardness of first love in the flesh.

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“I wanted to give kids someone they could relate to and tell the story without being preachy,” admits Lauralee Bell, “and I wanted to show them an alternative way of life where they are living life and not just writing about it.”

The webseries can be viewed at www.mIpromise.com.  The first installment was posted today Monday December 2nd with subsequent episodes debuting on December 4, 6, 9, 11 and concluding on Friday December 13th. 

mI promise offers you two paths to follow without becoming a PSA. It closes with links to share with people you care about … your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids and friends.   Instead of saying “don’t text and drive,” it’s asking teens to make their own decisions after examining the potential consequences and demonstrating that there is always an alternative because the choice you make may be your last.

Watch the first episode here! Then, let us know, how you feel about texting?  Do you think we have lost verbal and personal communication with people because of our cell phones? What do you think about the message Lauralee is trying to convey through the drama of her new web series?  Comment below!

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Good for Lauralee. Such a dangerous habit & so difficult to educate drivers.
Iove having her back on Y&R.

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Kudos she is so right I was furious that in order to make appointments with my hairdresser or nail gal I had to text or they would not respond. What is with that? I have a friend who took all cell phones from their children because they would be sitting in the living room texting to each other in the same room. I love watching old movies that surprise they use a phone booth. For as much as we say we have advanced we do not even know each other anymore. I want to hear my loved ones voice if they are away not read a text. My sister just retired from teaching and her students could not even write anymore could not read her hand writing. Very sad!

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Sharon

Awesome series-Mi Promise…My son and I watched all 6 episodes in one sitting.

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

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