Monday, February 22, 2010

Now THAT'S how you do a web soap: Michael O'Leary's Steamboat

In a surprising move, Michael O'Leary's new web series, Steamboat, was released on YouTube this morning. I wish there had been more fanfare surrounding the debut, but I have a feeling this show is going to succeed on word-of-mouth buzz alone. Steamboat is the latest in a string of web series created by soap vets, and its debut episode was easily the most solid first episode a web soap has seen since Karen Harris' Life in General (which unfortunately never saw a second episode). With hilarious writing, great acting and solid directing, Steamboat has made an excellent first impression that has left me excited for the second episode!

Following "Most Loved Soap, Steamboat," a desperate, last-place soap in a documentary (or is it mockumentary?) format, the first episode of Steamboat brilliantly lampooned product placement, line memorization and backstage cynicism, introduced a great cast, and ended with an excellent punch-line that neither actor involved will soon live down - nor will they want to!

Congratulations to Michael O'Leary and his cast and crew on a triumphant first episode. We can't wait to see what's in store for Episode 2!


  1. Nice review. Are you going to do one of Venice?

  2. 1st episode was great- hilariously funny. Zimmer, O'Leary & Park keep us laughing while drawing us in so we build up anticipation for episode 2.
    Plus Beth C. was wonderful in the trailer. Who knew she could do comedy so well.
    Can't wait to see more. Hope this goes well beyond the 6 episodes already filmed. The only thing better would be if they would bring Guiding Light back.
    Or better yet- let's see these guys do both shows simultaneously. Have our cake and eat it to, so to speak.
    Just goes to show how versatile these actors really are.

  3. We are planning a review of Venice once the season wraps up.