March 6, 2014: 'Beacon Hill' Series Premiere Review - 'Going Back' - TVSource Magazine
March 6, 2014: Review: 'Beacon Hill' is Definitely Worth Watching - Bubblenews.com
March 5, 2014: Boston-set Web series 'Beacon Hill' shows promise with top cast, intriguing plot - Boston Herald
March 5, 2014: Boston's Own Online Soap Opera Aired Today and It's Already Addicting - Bostinno.streetwise.co
March 4, 2014: Soap Star Alicia Minshew Gets Political - Watch the Interview on New York's CBS "The Couch"
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by Jenn Bishop
The web series Beacon Hill made its premiere this week with the episode “Going Back.” The series focuses on the interpersonal relationships of reporter Sara Preston (Alicia Minshew). These relationships include her estranged family, her current girlfriend Diane (Jessica Morris), and the ex-girlfriend she can’t seem to get out of her system Katherine (Sarah Brown).
The episode begins with Sara and Diane getting reading for a date when Sara gets a called from her boss Martin. Her grandfather, Senator William Preston (Ron Raines), has had a stroke and Martin wants her to see what she can find out. In other words, he wants her to see what dirt she can dig up on her own family.
I get the feeling that Sara hasn’t been back home to Boston for a while. She mentions that she isn’t close with her mother, noting she didn’t even know she could text when she gets a message from her. The awkward family relations may not be the only reason why Sara left Boston. Sara’s ex Katherine works in Senator Preston’s district.
Sara’s feelings towards her ex are somewhat conflicted. She wants to avoid her and yet kind of hopes to see her again while she is home. Diane also seems nervous that Sara will run into Katherine. Could Katherine be the one that got away?
When Sara gets into her car to leave, she immediately starts thinking of Katherine. She flashes back to an intimate moment between the two and it is obvious that they were both very much in love. Sara was even willing to overlook the fact that Katherine is a Yankees fan. I wonder what happened between the two to cause them to split. Perhaps the Red Sox and Yankees weren’t the only opposing sides the ladies were on.
“Going Back” not only refers to Sara’s going back to Boston but also to her mind going to those moments she had with Katherine. Will her heart go back too?
Here are some things that stood out:
The series has great cinematography. There are some nice outdoor shots that show off the beauty of Boston while giving the audience a distinct feel for the setting. I suspect as the series moves forward Boston could become like a main character as New York City did for Sex and the City.
While not a lot has been learned about Katherine yet, I am very intrigued by her character. At first glimpse, she appears to be ambitious and very career driven. When her chief of staff Andrew (Ricky Paull Goldin) suggests that she go after Senator Preston’s seat, she at first seems enticed by the idea but something in her demeanor changes the moment he leaves the room. I wonder if there is something that could be holding her back and if that something could be regret over her failed relationship with Sara. I can’t wait to find out the rest of her story.
I really like the music in Beacon Hill. Music Supervisor Paul Antonelli has done an amazing job scoring the series with music that fits in well with its landscape. For those unfamiliar with Antonelli’s work, he is currently working on The Young and The Restless, Days of Our Lives, Venice, and The Grove.
Beacon Hill also has a very catchy theme song, “Black Snow” by AM r0de0. You’ll be singing the lyrics to it for days.
Where You Can Watch
Beacon Hill can be watched on their website www.beaconhilltheseries.com. The series is available by subscribing only at the reasonable price of $9.99. That’s less that it costs for a pizza. Watch the first episode and hit the comments to share your thoughts!
by Tiffany Bailey
If you follow me on here or over at Examiner, you will know that I am a soap opera fan through and through. ABC was my channel and I watched religiously. Growing up my mom and grandma got me hooked on “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital.” I literally cried when “AMC” and “OLTL” were canceled. I used to catch a lot of crap from people when they found out I was a soap fanatic because I am so young. Well, was young... the big 3-0 happened this year but that is a thought for another time.
Anyways back to why I came to write this... “Beacon Hill” is a new web series that stars many fantastic soap stars. Some of them are from “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live.” When I caught wind of this, I immediately had to jump in and show my support. Alicia Minshew has been one of my favorite people of all time. In fact, I used Kendall as my name in a popular game as a tribute to her. (Many of my friends still call me Kendall!) Also, Melissa Archer is part of the cast. She played one half of the “One Life to Live” super couple Natalie and John. I adore her. For those of you that love “General Hospital,” Sarah Brown is also cast on “Beacon Hill.” Fans will know her as the “original Carly.” Ricky Paull Goldin is not only part of the cast, but also a producer as well. Fans will remember him as Jake Martin from “All My Children.”
The first webisode is just over 13 minutes, but it is definitely intriguing. We meet Sara (Alicia Minshew) and her current girlfriend Diane (Jessica Morris). When Sara gets a call about a story, she has to head back “home” to Boston. Coincidentally, that is where Sara's ex, Katherine (Sarah Brown) lives. As Sara gets ready to pull away, she flashes back to a time when she was with Katherine. The entire time I was interested and now I want Wednesday to come back around for another dose.
You have to buy a subscription to watch the 13-part series. It is only $9.99, which is a small price to pay for the caliber of talent in this web series. I will be telling all my soap friends about this show and doing a news article on it for my television column.
“Beacon Hill” gets 5 stars from this happy consumer. This is $10 I will never regret spending! Totally worth it. You can find the series by going to Beaconhillseries.com.
March 5, 2014: The Boston Herald
Boston-set Web series 'Beacon Hill' shows promise
with top cast, intriguing plot
by Mark Perigard
“BEACON HILL” Web series premiere today at BeaconHillTheSeries.com.
One of the drawbacks of many Web-original series is the caliber of talent.
Many are staffed with enthusiastic but clueless amateurs.
“Beacon Hill,” a 12-episode series starting today, showcases a dozen of the best actors from the daytime drama world in a steamy story set and filmed here in the Hub.
Sara Preston (Alicia Minshew, “All My Children”) is making a life for herself in the Big Apple as a hard-driven reporter with a beautiful girlfriend, Diane Hamilton (Jessica Morris, “One Life to Live”).
But news of her grandfather’s stroke gives her little choice. She must return to face her estranged family — including her mother, Claire (Crystal Chappell, “Guiding Light” and a series producer) and her grandfather, Sen. William Preston (Ron Raines, “Guiding Light”).
It also puts her on a collision course with her ex, Katherine Wesley (Sarah Brown, “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives”). Katherine is a Democratic state representative who could be in line to replace the senator. Her shady chief of staff Andrew Miller (Ricky Paull Goldin, “All My Children,” and also a producer) encourages her ambition, but her father, Republican Sen. Tom Wesley (Scott Bryce, “As the World Turns”), seeks to control it.
Other daytime vets scheduled to appear include John-Paul Lavoisier (“One Life to Live”) as Sara’s brother Eric, Louise Sorel (“Days of Our Lives”) and Tina Sloan (“Guiding Light”) as the managers of a coffeehouse and Melissa Archer (“One Life to Live”) as Sen. Preston’s much younger trophy wife, Evelyn. Boston native Hillary Bailey Smith (“One Life to Live”) serves as a supervising producer.
“Beacon Hill” in part rebukes daytime’s reluctance to show affection between same-sex couples. There’s nothing approaching “The L Word” — just a lot of smoochy-time, matter-of-course affection.
You can’t judge a series on one 13-minute episode, but the mix of politics, romance and family intrigue could be addictive. The premiere deserves kudos for one plot swerve.
Sara glances up at Fenway Park, and that triggers a romantic flashback.
In any other city, a character looking at a sports stadium and getting wobbly in the heartstrings would be a cue for laughter.
But this is Boston, home to the most passionate sports fans in the nation.
Sara relives the moment Katherine confessed she is a Yankees fan.
“A husband I could deal with!” Sara says.
Star-crossed couples on soaps have been tested by many things, but rooting for the Evil Empire could be a deal-breaker.
“Beacon Hill” is available at BeaconHillTheSeries.com for a $9.99 subscription. One episode a week is scheduled to drop each Wednesday starting today.
March 5, 2014:
Boston's Own Online Soap Opera Aired Today and It's Already Addicting
by Hilary Milnes
Beacon Hill, Boston's newest web series that's really an online soap opera, aired its first episode today. If you had no idea this was coming – and, more importantly, you're a shameless fan of soaps – then you're welcome, because you're going to want to consider tuning in every week.
First things first, this isn't your average web series, and by that I mean you have to pay $9.99 to subscribe and gain access to the first season. We went ahead and made the purchase, meaning we know if it's worth you seeking out for yourself (if you couldn't tell from the trailer, above, it's going to be), and also meaning that I just committed to investing a 13-minute chunk of time every week to Boston's first soap opera. Let's do this.
The show stars a slew of soap opera vets; if you're familiar with the scene, you'll recognize leading ladies and gents from series like All My Children, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives and As The World Turns. This isn't your shoddily filmed webisode starring amateur actors. This is a star-studded soap and it looks like it's going to be juicy as hell.
The story centers around Sara Preston (Alicia Minshew), a New York reporter who returns home to Boston after her grandfather, Massachusetts Democratic Senator William Preston (Ron Raines), suffers a stroke. Set and filmed in Boston, the rest of the season finds Sara leaving her NYC girlfriend behind to face (and report on) her broken family and her ex, as well as some shady politicians. Sound steamy? Might as well dive into the first episode.
Episode 1, "Going Back," doesn't waste anytime getting the ball rolling. Sara gets a call (on a totally outdated cell phone that no reporter could survive with) from her boss Martin on what's supposed to be date night, and he tells her that her grandfather (the Senator) has had a stroke and is not doing well. Martin, who's severely insensitive, immediately sends Sara back to Boston to see what's going on. (You know Martin, he's always looking for a story! Sara tells her girlfriend, Diane.) Diane expresses concern that Sara will be in close quarters with her ex girlfriend, Katherine. Why? Because Katherine just happens to work in Sara's grandfather's office. Zoinks!
Cut to Boston, where Katherine is gaining news from "social media" that Senator Preston's in critical condition, and there's talk that she's next in line to take over the Senate seat. Drama! There's also the token shot of Katherine's father leaving a Dunkin' Donuts, of course.
Once Sara arrives in Boston, wearing the world's worst hat, she pulls up next to Fenway Park, which induces a flashback of a steamy morning in bed with Katherine. There's a Red Sox versus Yankees argument, during which Sara yells Yankees suck! a few times, but the two still seem happy in love.
I guess we'll have to wait till next week to see what's going to go down this season on Beacon Hill. But whatever it is, we're already into it.
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