Friday, November 1, 2013

"Close Friends" ready for their close up

sunsentinel.com


They’re like friends you know if they cheat on their partners, hook up with each other and then gossip about it (shhh!) behind closed doors. 
That’s the premise behind “Close Friends,’’ a South Florida-produced scripted web series that asks viewers each week,”Can a man and woman be close friends without anything more?”
And viewers have been having a lovefest with this urban telenovela since it debuted last February. The last episode of the first season, which aired 10 episodes, drew 56,000 views on Youtube. Episodes are averaging 20,000 to 30,000 views and growing.
The program stars six real friends from Broward and Palm Beach counties who are in their 20s. They either met in middle, high school and at Florida Atlantic University or through one another. I spent some time with the cast during a recent rehearsal and shoot just outside Fort Lauderdale. Here's my story on the series. And here's a recap of the first season from earlier this year.

 (the photo on the left shows some cast members preparing for a scene.)