CBS is about to make a little suds history. TV Guide Magazine has exclusively learned that Room 8, the fictional web series currently featured on the network's daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful, will be launched as a real online series on August 8 via the website Room8TheSeries.com.
The eight-episode project will star B&B's Karla Mosley (Maya) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter), once again in the roles of Lance and Scarlett, two attractive up-and-comers who unknowingly rent the same apartment and decide to share it, even though they rub each other the wrong way. This being a romantic comedy, they'll soon be rubbing each other the right way, of course!
"This is Rafael's original vision for Room 8 — the one that would have been filmed if Caroline Spencer hadn't gotten involved and started changing it up to make Rick jealous," says Saint-Victor, who is writing and producing the online version of Room 8 with Mosley. This isn't their first Internet teaming. The two actors, who also costarred on CBS' Guiding Light, created and starred in their own online series, Wed-Locked, after GL got the axe.
"When we were hired at B&B, [exec producer] 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," Saint-Victor says. Adds Mosley: "Brad gave us a lot of creative freedom with this. Like the version of Room 8 you've seen on B&B, this one starts with Lance and Scarlett meeting and moving in together, and Brad had a great idea for the final episode. So, basically, we were given the bookends and the rest was up to us."
Saint-Victor and Mosley expanded Room 8 to include three more players — Sean Whalen as wacky landlord Randy, Deborah S. Craig as Scarlett's BFF Missy and Ross Kiddor as Lance's gamer pal Dex — and they shot the entire series in one day on the B&B soundstage, using the show's production crew.
"This is the first time a network soap has taken a story arc and turned it into a separate series for the Internet," notes Mosley. "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!"
Check out an exclusive first look at the trailer for Room 8: