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Steve Barnes, former 99X and Dave FM morning host and actor/producer, is about to start production on a new local TV series called “High Rise,” which he said will be a bit like “Melrose Place” but less campy. “Think ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ” he said.

The show will be available online at www.highrisetheseries.com twice a week starting March 31 for 10 weeks. It will also be available at Comcast On Demand. It will air in five minute segments adding up to a total of 100 minutes.

The cast is local actors: Bryan Brendle, Leland Jones, Kaira Akita, Greg Corbett, Heather Smith, Rob Pralgo and Cynthia Evans. Barnes will have a recurring role as an entertainment attorney (akin to Ari Gold on “Entourage”). He said his former Dave FM host Holly Firfer will also get a small role as well. He invited former 99X host Jimmy Baron to play a record executive but he said Baron was out of town on the scheduled shooting day.

The two writers are Mike Stiles, a former Star 94 producer and part of Sketchworks, a sketch comedy team; and Charles Van Eman, a former actor who was on “All My Children.”

Barnes also got local rock singer Shawn Mullins (“Lullaby”) to play a bartender/singer and Mullins will be performing some tunes for the show.

Production starts in Buckhead at the Terminus buildling on January 25.

Barnes has gotten plenty of advertisers to help pay for the production including Airtran, Kraft and Hennessey Jaguar and Land Rover. People who watch the show online will be eligible to win prizes such as Airtran tickets. There is also a social networking setup on the Web site.

“I had this idea a year ago,” Barnes said. “I wanted to do this ‘Melrose Place’ in a high rise. I saw this beautiful building, Terminus. I thought, ‘Man, that’s a perfect place to do a drama.’ “

-Sebas (Sebastian Davis), who works at Rock 100.5 as a producer, appeared on Sunday’s CBS game show “Million Dollar Password.” He’s part of Mensa, the Regular Guys said, but that didn’t help him when radio host Adam Carolla said “south,” hoping for the password “north.” Sebas said “Texas.” Then Carolla tried “east” and “west” Seabass still didn’t get it. When Carolla said “pole,” Sebas uttered “Antarctica.” “I literally wanted to punch him,” Carolla joked on his radio show, replayed by the Regular Guys.

Sebas said he was naturally disappointed by the results. He said if he had gotten past that initial round, it would be relatively easy to get $25,000 and as much as $150,000 without too much pain. Instead, he got nothing. He said, when people do “opposites,” they use a certain sing-song-y inflection. But Carolla didn’t do that and it threw Sebas off.

You can watch him here.. He is on the second half of the show. He also gets to parry with Betty White.

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By FM Fats

January 6, 2009 10:42 AM | Link to this

No John Fitzgerald Page on “High Rise”?

By Jessica

January 6, 2009 11:22 AM | Link to this

Wow, that is going to really blow. Why are no talent ass clowns like Barnes even considered celebrities? I would love to hear Fred Toucher’s comments on this load of crap.

By No not Barnes

January 6, 2009 11:23 AM | Link to this

Steve Barnes is an idiot. On 99X he was always the odd one, saying some of the goofiest things. I complained to Jimmy numerous times that Barnes actually made me go elsewhere.

By Freddy T

January 6, 2009 11:26 AM | Link to this

Roddy, didn’t post this exact same Barnes news about six months ago? That stupid “High Rise” web site has been up for months.

Have you looked at “movie star” Barnes’s IMDB listing. Excluding the movies his inlaws paid for, all of his rolls were as an extra, walk-on, or a deleted scene.

I don’t know who ever told “Captain Back Acne” he could act, but they were lying to him. If you can find a free copy of “No Witness” you have to watch it. Barnes acting is so bad, it’s actually pretty funny. It’s like watching porn movie acting, but without the porn.

Barnes is a complete jerk and everyone who has ever worked with hates him. He’s a punchline in Atlanta radio. Sure he ask Jimmy Baron to be in his “show”. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in New York I want to sell you. He sued Jimmy Baron. Jimmy doesn’t want to be in the same state with Barnes.

Admit it Rodney, you hate Barnes too.

The “show” will be a waste of bandwith and shouldn’t be allowed on the internet or Comcast On Demand. It will fail just like everything else Barnes has done since The Morning X.

By No not Barnes

January 6, 2009 11:28 AM | Link to this

Steve Barnes is an idiot. On 99X he was always the odd one, saying some of the goofiest things. I complained to Jimmy numerous times that Barnes actually made me go elsewhere.

By CAMREE

January 6, 2009 11:34 AM | Link to this

The idea is great and the Terminus building is a great building. It would be even GREATER if he used our HD Digital “RED” Cameras on the 25th. In fact, since we like DAVE FM, we would like to donate both of our HD Digital “RED” Cameras for that shoot. The show would rock with our HD Cameras. We have 2 in Atlanta, hope he reads this and contacts us or maybe for the next event he does, he’s cool.

By ff

January 6, 2009 11:37 AM | Link to this

I lived in a condo high rise myself for several years and talk about drama! This would be more of a reality show probably from what I experienced. From the neighbors sleeping with each other, units getting flooded, cars always towed, prostitutes roaming the halls on the weekends, cops always showing up for something, you name it. It was never a dull moment.

By OldManFram

January 6, 2009 11:47 AM | Link to this

zzzzzzzzzzzz

Another pending failure by Barnes in 3 2 1 …

By Nunya

January 6, 2009 11:48 AM | Link to this

Hey FF, there is a difference between living in high rise government housing and the Terminus building.

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January 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Link to this

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By IsThisAJoke?

January 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Link to this

You have got to be kidding me-

Steven Barnes…”Actor/Producer”. Gee, I wonder who told you that..Barnes perhaps?? What a goose. If he is an actor/producer than I am an astronaut and a fireman.

What he is, is a total tool who got run out of town on a rail car a few years back after everyone figured out how much of a dork he was and now he thinks he is an actor??

This, like everything he touches, will turn to sour milk. Some people are born to lose.

On the bright side at least we will get one of Atlanta’s favorite punching bags back in the Atlanta market.

By Shawn D.

January 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Link to this

Barnes is a legend in his own mind. I dunno why I even bothered to read this piece — maybe morbid curiosity. If I ever hear about this tool again, it’ll be too soon.

By justin

January 6, 2009 12:41 PM | Link to this

Agree with FM Fats. John Fitzgerald Page needs an occasional role. That would be hilarious!

By Kit

January 6, 2009 12:43 PM | Link to this

Rodney - I am suprised you didn’t spot one of the recurring characters listed on the High Rise web site.. Clark Howard’s lovely wife - Lane.

By Tim Rhodes

January 6, 2009 12:46 PM | Link to this

What a f@g!

By Kar

January 6, 2009 12:47 PM | Link to this

I remember when they had an online prank where he beat the stuffing out of Clark Howard. The sad thing is how believable it was. The guy’s got a shorter fuse than Kid Rock and Bjork.

By Steve Barnes

January 6, 2009 1:10 PM | Link to this

Shut up you haters. You will learn to love me and kiss my feet. I will force this crap show down your throats.

By Van

January 6, 2009 1:14 PM | Link to this

Hey buddy!

By BiteMe

January 6, 2009 1:14 PM | Link to this

Shawn D and ISTHISAJOKE? - Thank you for putting into words what I wanted to say but felt was bad karma for me to do so!!

Give it up, Barnes - Go back to LA or wherever you claim to be a star from.

By Ellen

January 6, 2009 1:20 PM | Link to this

Wait, how was Jimmy “out of town” for a shooting that doesn’t start until Jan. 25?

Sounds like a winner…

Bring back Toucher!

By Backne

January 6, 2009 1:36 PM | Link to this

Was that a real article or a hoax? The only way he’ll ever be a success will be in a city far away from Atlanta…he’s already alienated everyone in this town. I can see Barnes in the initial planning stages, “I want to be the eccentric but lovable talent agent…you know just like Jeremy Piven on my favorite show!” What a total tool. He doesn’t get it. He is the joke of the “local entertainment” biz. How long before he destroys this extremely unoriginal “idea”? I remember when he panned a new movie out at the time called Austin Powers…2 years later he was bragging about how it’s his favorite movie. Barnes = Human Garbage

By Carri

January 6, 2009 1:42 PM | Link to this

I cannot stand Barnes! I complained to the GM at Dave FM about him and how he talked down to his listeners. Nothing was done at first, but he was gone shortly thereafter. Maybe they were already working on getting rid of him. Man, what a jerk!!! GLAD I GOT XM RADIO BECAUSE OF HIM!!!

By Stoli the Dog

January 6, 2009 1:48 PM | Link to this

Lemme guess, there will be lots of tennis playing, Longhorn football watching, and dog abandoning in this show. This guy doesn’t know when to leave. Hint: Dude, your 15 minutes are up. Grab a broom and start sweeping, or doing something productive.

By makingmoviehistory@gmail.com

January 6, 2009 1:50 PM | Link to this

That is right Steve and you are going to use our “RED” Cameras to shove it down their dry throats.

We will still donate them for the 25th by the way. contact us at donotcall05@yahoo.com

DO IT TODAY!!!

By Denali Outfield

January 6, 2009 2:00 PM | Link to this

ATTENTION CAST OF HIGH RISE!

Run, run from this project as fast as you can before the “Steve Barnes Stench” gets on you.

Just ask Bo and Luke Jensen. Once they got involved with Barnes, their tennis went to crap.

Shawn Mullins had a hit song when he met Barnes. Now he does voice-overs for DaveFM.

Barnes is career poison.

Even his dog, Stoli, left him.

By Pusback

January 6, 2009 2:21 PM | Link to this

God! just the name “barnes” brings up so many negative memories of that dork. The word is synonymous with s**, poser, shallow and transparent.

I was in a bar about a year ago and some girl I was chatting up was talking to her friend about some tool who had been trying to impress them and she called him a “total barnes”. I questioned her if it was actually Barnes and she said that is just the code name her friends use for irritatingly creepy wannabe’s. How funny is that. I laughed by ass off.

By Atl cop

January 6, 2009 2:28 PM | Link to this

I think it sounds very cool. What a bunch of haters in this column. Way to go barnes! I’ll watch.

By Atl cop

January 6, 2009 2:29 PM | Link to this

I think it sounds very cool. What a bunch of haters in this column. Way to go barnes! I’ll watch.

By Jenny:)

January 6, 2009 2:30 PM | Link to this

What is the deal with this guy??? LOL. I moved to Atlanta just around the time he was fired from his second radio gig and don’t know much about him but one of my girlfriends claims he is the most hated person in Atlanta radio history. Can someone tell me why? Did he kill someone or something? He looks kinda cute in his picture.

I did hear from that same friend about how he abandoned his dog Stoli…thats not cool but geeeeeez. pour guy gets bashed by everyone.

By Atl cop

January 6, 2009 2:33 PM | Link to this

I think it sounds very cool. What a bunch of haters in this column. Way to go barnes! I’ll watch.

By CAM

January 6, 2009 2:40 PM | Link to this

Jenny-

I was never a Barnes fan not because of his radio presence (I am an AM guy). I played softball against him and he thought he was Manny Ramirez or someone. He used to bring his batts in a big obnoxious batt bag and the funny thing is he couldnt hit a lick. He as a snobby SOB but I agree, he may not deserve the bashing he takes every time his name surfaces in Atlanta.

By joe

January 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Link to this

DeAnna and Jason are engaged!!!!!!!!

By Drumming Gloves

January 6, 2009 2:51 PM | Link to this

In the movie “No Witness”, the sewage that Steve Barnes calls acting comes spewing from the screen like explosive diarrhea.

By T

January 6, 2009 3:42 PM | Link to this

Pour Barnes. He seems so misguided and self loathing. He had such a strong case of penis envy for jeremy piven and his character in entourage that he had to create this whole vehicle to rip off his stuff. Its like the dorks you see on the driving range trying to dress exactly like tiger woods. He is a very sad person.

By Frank

January 6, 2009 3:42 PM | Link to this

What kind of risks have you bunch of lame haters ever taken in your lives? Creativity is about having the courage to try new things and put your brains and guts on the line. Sometimes it works some times it doesn’t. Barnes has had the will to stretch and create new projects and employment for himself and for others. Let your sad, fear laden crap go and learn a lesson from his daring to do things that he loves to do.

By Paul Arkadian

January 6, 2009 3:46 PM | Link to this

The first week that Barnes and Firfer were on DaveFM I won party suite tickets to Van Halen. It was suppose to be a chance for the new show to meet the listeners and the listeners to meet the new show. Firfer showed up early, was very nice, friendly, and interacted with all of the listeners.

Barnes didn’t show up until after the music started, so he didn’t have to talk. He sat in the back, never spoke to anyone, and never took his Oakley sunglasses off.

Barnes is a waste of flesh.

By Kar

January 6, 2009 4:21 PM | Link to this

When you make Jimmy Baron look like a nice guy and reasonable adult by comparison, you’re a tool.

“Total Barnes.” heh.

By Jason

January 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Link to this

Frank, you have a learning disorder.

Barnes is a piece of crap, everybody knows that.

By Jay

January 6, 2009 4:41 PM | Link to this

There are those that do.. and those that complain- because they can’t. I think it is great that Barnes is doing something progressive in a project like this. I give him credit for moving forward in his career and making opportunities for himself. I guess when you are stuck in a rut or unhappy with yourself, you can only bemoan someone else. That’s kind of a miserable existence. Kudos Barnes! You have a watcher in me.

By pat abbott

January 6, 2009 4:58 PM | Link to this

all the “hater” comments amount to nothing more than jealousy. give the man credit for trying different things, taking risks and following his passion. how many of us are willing to step out of our comfort zone and try new things? “barnes” was a character on 99x. steve barnes the person is not “barnes” the character, learn the difference. i applaud his ability to take an idea and make it reality!

cheers!

By Jason

January 6, 2009 5:21 PM | Link to this

Why applaud his ability to make something a reality when the reality is boring.

Its simple, he treats people like crap and consequently nobody likes him.

By Erk

January 6, 2009 5:41 PM | Link to this

pat abbott you are correct. “Barnes”, the friendly voiced, likeable guy on the radio was a character.

Steve Barnes the person is not “Barnes” the character. I liked the character. The person is a complete jerk, ask anyone who has ever worked with him.

By Kar

January 6, 2009 5:44 PM | Link to this

**Why exactly are we supposed to be jealous of him?

We’re definitely not jealous of his history, derivative ideas, reputation or work ethic.**

By Da Mick

January 7, 2009 12:38 AM | Link to this

I find it remarkable, and rather heartening, that so many people appear to have this guy’s number. I never liked him on 99X, and like an earlier writer here, I too complained about him to Dave FM Mgmt, because of his condescending and downright insulting manner on the air.

But when the situation arose where he was going to audition for a part for me, I decided to put my prejudices aside and judge him based on the person I was meeting.

The result? Barnes was totally unprepared for the part, arrogant, insulting, and quite honestly, read the script like a complete amateur. I would have expected someone with radio experience to at least be able to put something into a read, but it was pathetic.

I later heard him sitting at the reception desk whining to the poor guy there how he hadn’t had any work in months. Perhaps he should consider that when you start with no talent, expend as little effort as possible, and finally sprinkle in that sparkling Barnes personality, you can’t help but alienate everyone you come in contact with.

So for those of you who admire Mr. Barnes initiative, please be advised that it’s pretty hard to have so many people express actual contempt for you — that is difficult to achieve. Personally, the contempt I used to feel for him as a radio personality is now tempered with pity for sad sack that he is. I do feel sorry for all those local actors who are hooked up with this project with him as the figurehead. That can only turn bad for all concerned.

By Calandro

January 7, 2009 9:47 AM | Link to this

Mr. Barnes is the finest, most talented individual I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

Steve, can you give me a job? I’ll do anything! I haven’t eaten for days. Nobody wants to visit my stupid website. Donshay doesn’t return my calls. My knee hurts. Call me.

By BarnesIsOnThisBlog

January 7, 2009 10:34 AM | Link to this

OMG!!! Barnes has added to his legend. The posts by Frank, Pat Abbott and Jay, above, are all actually Barnes. It so obvious. He is trying to save some face because he knows that the paultry group of backers and colaborators he still clings to are probably reading this blog realizing how big of a complete zero they have hitched their wagon to. Barnes, when you assume and alter ego on here to try and rebuff and lash out at all the people who see you for what you are…a lame, wannabe, poser who has no talent but thinks he is entitled to some glamour career in entertainment/acting….try not to be so obvious.

Its like this…no one has the right to condemn you for being bown and egocentric, obnoxious dick. You were born that way…but pick a career; stock broker, farmer, coal miner…where you dont force so many people to deal with you and your unlikeable self. Its like a dentist with bad breath. Its not a good fit.

By Stoli's Mom

January 7, 2009 2:03 PM | Link to this

Let’s think positively now. Maybe this will be a HUGE success and he can pay me back the over $2000 I spent on Stoli’s vet bills and new furniture that I had to have after she passed away (bladder cancer makes it hard to hold it in).

Oh wait, I just woke up from my dream.

By Stoli's Mom

January 7, 2009 2:05 PM | Link to this

Let’s think positively now. Maybe this will be a HUGE success and he can pay me back the over $2000 I spent on Stoli’s vet bills and new furniture that I had to have after she passed away (bladder cancer makes it hard to hold it in).

Oh wait, I just woke up from my dream.

By Stoli's mom

January 7, 2009 2:07 PM | Link to this

Let’s think positively now. Maybe this will be a HUGE success and he can pay me back the over $2000 I spent on Stoli’s vet bills and new furniture that I had to have after she passed away (bladder cancer makes it hard to hold it in).

Oh wait, I just woke up from my dream.

By djjb

January 7, 2009 6:04 PM | Link to this

I GOTTA SHOW IDEA: HOW ABOUT “THE STAR 94 DIARIES?”

NEW PD WHO HAS INNAPROPRIATE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CINDY , GET TO IMPOSE HIS WILL WHILE PRETENDING THEYRE NOT STILL BANGING EACH OTHER!

THE TWIST: THATS WHY HE WAS FIRED THE FIRST TIME! YUP, UPPER MGMNT KNEW THE WHOLE STORY!

NICE WORK STAR! I BET THE REST OF THE STAFF IS FEELING REALLY GOOD RIGHT NOW! HAPPY 2009!

By djjb

January 7, 2009 6:06 PM | Link to this

I GOTTA SHOW IDEA: HOW ABOUT “THE STAR 94 DIARIES?”

NEW PD WHO HAS INNAPROPRIATE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CINDY , GET TO IMPOSE HIS WILL WHILE PRETENDING THEYRE NOT STILL BANGING EACH OTHER!

THE TWIST: THATS WHY HE WAS FIRED THE FIRST TIME! YUP, UPPER MGMNT KNEW THE WHOLE STORY!

NICE WORK STAR! I BET THE REST OF THE STAFF IS FEELING REALLY GOOD RIGHT NOW! HAPPY 2009!

By OLNEWZ

January 7, 2009 6:19 PM | Link to this

old news madam! every star 94 employee (of atleast 5years) knows about that affair drama. they were caught screwing by every radio employee in the city, thats why jr was crap-canned! why they brought him back? now thats great drama! i read on www.radio-info.com that several employees at STAR 94 were about to get some legal help! they’ll need it too! that group will try to cover it all up, but too many people know! I wonder if Cindy was happy or embarrased when jr got the job?

By OLNEWZ

January 7, 2009 6:20 PM | Link to this

old news madam! every star 94 employee (of atleast 5years) knows about that affair drama. they were caught screwing by every radio employee in the city, thats why jr was crap-canned! why they brought him back? now thats great drama! i read on www.radio-info.com that several employees at STAR 94 were about to get some legal help! they’ll need it too! that group will try to cover it all up, but too many people know! I wonder if Cindy was happy or embarrased when jr got the job?

By Thirdwheel

January 8, 2009 12:04 AM | Link to this

Ok Olnewz… I looked on radio-info.com and I see nothing about this drama….. Could someone be lying??? hmmmmmm

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