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'Bold & Beautiful' Newbies Lawrence Saint-Victor, Karla Mosley, To Star In, Write, Produce Spin-off

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by Teisha Hickman
July 30, 2013 2:23 PM
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Lawrence Saint-Victor and Karla Mosley

CBS Soap, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” has tapped newcomers Lawrence Saint-Victor and Karla Mosley, to star in, write and produce a spin off Web-Series entitled, Room 8.   

"This is the first time a network soap has taken a story arc and turned it into a separate series for the Internet," Karla Mosley via TVGuide.com.  

The eight episode comedy centers around, Scarlet [Mosley] and Lance [Saint-Victor].  Two strangers, who on move in day discover they’ve rented the same apartment.  With no money and no other options they decide to become…room-mates.  

Lawrence and Karla where presented with this opportunity by B&B Executive Producer, Bradley Bell;  who took interest in Wed-Locked a web-series they created after there time on Guiding Light.  

"When we were hired at B&B, Brad Bell asked us a lot of questions about Wed-Locked, how we created it, how we shot it  and that in a way became the inspiration for Room 8," Lawrence Saint-Victor via TVGuide.com.

The show is very reminiscent of 80’s and 90’s sitcoms, complete with a whacky landlord played by Sean Whalen, best girlfriend, Deborah S. Craig and guy pal, Ross Kiddor.  

Although the show itself is very lighthearted, there’s nothing funny about CBS taking this foray into new territory and entrusting two actors of color to lead the way.

"It's a really exciting experiment and we're eager to see how it's received. The most wonderful thing about new media is that it's new. The possibilities are endless!"  Karla Mosley via TVGuide.com

Room 8 debuts August 8th and can be found on Room8theSeries.com.

First look trailer below.

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13 Comments

  • Louis | July 31, 2013 11:14 PMReply

    I think that it is a wonderful concept, with talented actors, who can write and produce! I am looking forward to it.

  • Akimbo | July 31, 2013 11:05 PMReply

    Deja vu. They already did a web series together before. It was basically "The Couple" before Black & Sexy came on the scene.

  • Ivy | July 31, 2013 4:20 AMReply

    Soaps in general are a sappy melodrama, so how can one tell between a good or bad one? With regard to talent, very few start off dyanmic; doesn't take time to develop a craft?

  • Ava | July 30, 2013 6:35 PMReply

    As a Dramatic writer myself, I am profoundly depressed having just watched that. I guess anyone is a writer these days. Le Sigh.

  • a.j | July 31, 2013 11:07 AM

    I also wanted to add that I am acquainted with Karla and have followed her work from when she attended NYU and afterwords when she co-founded a short lived theater company with other NYU Black drama students who were also incredible writers and directors. So I am biased, but can be objective too. I imagine that like NYU, there are other schools/conservatories that produce actors who do double duty as performers and writers. I can name you a list of actors that I met at NYU who are wearing multiple hats and have gone on to see the work produced locally, regionally and internationally but were didn't necessarily study dramatic writing.

  • A.J. Muhammad | July 31, 2013 10:41 AM

    Sterling, I agree with you that there is an untold amount of talented Black writers who Bradley Bell could've hired to write the web series. That would've been a great opportunity for the writers and it's not going to prevent these same writers from creating and developing their own content. Yes, it may not have the same polish as Room8 but luckily we have Shadow and Act to help promote things at all stages of development. I think the fact that Karly and Lawrence had already produced their own web series years ago, which I had heard about shortly after Guiding Light (which they were both on) was canceled, but I didn't get a chance to see it until recently. And as webseries go I enjoyed it. I hope that their prior experience would give them an edge. I think its unfair to just dismiss Karla and Lawrence because they make a living as actors without knowing what they are capable of doing as producers/writers. Yes Room8 is not groundbreaking premise or webseries by an stretch but I do know that they do support other artists of color who create original work and they are genuinely talented people. Are people going to start splitting hairs now and saying that only "writers" can "write" and "actors" can "act." I'm sure you know plenty of multi-hyphenate artists as well especially in NYC where I've seen countless people who trained as legitimate actors but also write their own material as well as material for full casts on stage and the web.

  • Sterling Cooper | July 31, 2013 3:44 AM

    A.J., the problem is, by not hiring "aspiring" writers instead of actual writers, the fatcats create mediocre content, prepetuating the everlasting circle of second rate Negro Entertainment Television that we strive to pull away from. There are hundreds of qualified black writers out there who could help these actors, as talented as they are.

  • a.j. | July 31, 2013 12:29 AM

    Ava, the article did say that both Lawrence and Karla produced an earlier web series themselves. What's the difference between what those two are doing now than any other artist doing a web series (except that in Karla & Lawrence's case Bradley Bell is producing it)? Would you say that about the other folks from emerging artists to veterans writing/producing/starring in webseries: I guess anyone is a writer these days? Both Karla and Lawrence are mutli-talented artists and I am fan of both their work. These days, I imagine you know full well, one can't just do one thing. You've got to do it all!

  • nun | July 30, 2013 6:21 PMReply

    The answer is no.

  • Sterling Cooper | July 30, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    Once again, the corporate fatcats disparage actual "writers of color".

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 30, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    I think it's cool for "CBS taking this foray into new territory and entrusting two actors of color to lead the way."

  • Jules | July 30, 2013 3:31 PMReply

    Hopefully, it will be better than that whacked out soap version. My son has been crushing on Karla since he was two and she was on Hi-5.

  • Darkan | July 30, 2013 2:30 PMReply

    I feel like I was watching a spoof. Can I have the time back I used to watch that horrible whitewashed, corny ass trailer?! Thank GOD for Roomieloverfriends!!! Can't wait for the next season.

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