Best Bad Soap Opera That's Sorta Local 

Love Always, Charleston

Love Always, Charleston
4:30 p.m. Weekdays.
Comcast Cable Channel 2.

It's one of the things that so bad it's kinda good. Launched in 2006, Love Always, Charleston is a grassroots project based in Atlanta. It harnesses the talent and ambition of metro-ATL actors and actresses in the making of an ongoing soap opera series set in the Lowcountry. It makes no claims to be anything more than it is. Bob J. Gaye, director and producer, notes on the show's website that "we're not ABC, CBS, or NBC, but we're a group of producers offering other people throughout the community an opportunity to showcase their talent and acting skills." On one level, it's pretty awful — the storylines are comical, the acting is poor (and also somewhat comical), lighting and sound draw attention to themselves, and wardrobe appears to come from a thrift store. On another level, the soap opera means well, and who knows, maybe we'll see the next Denzel Washington. Besides, it seems to be building a cult-like following. We hear that Love Always, Charleston is popular at AC's Bar & Grill on King Street. If you'd like to be a part of the project, check out the website, www.lovealwayscharleston.com, which includes a picture of the Baltimore harbor standing in for Charleston.


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