1/6: Steve Barnes starting new TV series “High Rise,”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.