VIDEO: Web Series ROM.DOT.COM, Starring Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Debuts First Episode
Series creators and producers Suzy Evans and Molly McGaughey have announced the debut of the Season 1 of Rom.Dot.Com! The pilot episode is now available on YouTube, and a new episode will debut every Monday at noon. Click below to watch the first episode!
"We're so excited to finally be able to share this series with everyone!" says McGaughey, who directed the series. "It's really been a labor of love, and we could not be more grateful to everyone who contributed their time and talents to making this show a reality!" adds Evans, who also wrote the series. "We can't wait for people to start watching it!"
Inspired by an actual Craigslist ad, Rom.Dot.Com is an "unromantic" comedy web series about an unemployed 20-something journalist living in her kooky and marriage-minded grandmother's basement who succumbs to taking the only writing job she can find: ghostwriting online dating profiles.
"I lived at my grandfather's house upstate New York right after college, and now that I live in the city, I periodically visit him," Evans remembers. "On one visit, his niece was staying him, and she was considering taking a job off Craigslist as an online dating ghostwriter. And I immediately thought, 'If I hadn't found a job after college, would that be me?' And then I thought, 'This has to be a TV show.'"
Evans met Broadway actor Mikaela Feely-Lehmann at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Evans was at the festival as part of her job as the senior editor of Backstage, and Feely-Lehmann was working in the education department. The pair immediately clicked, and the web series was off and running.
Evans and McGaughey met through a mutual friend-and McGaughey's former roommate-and their connection was also immediate. Pre-production began in November 2012, and the series filmed in New York in March and April 2013.