Anacostia (web series)
Season 1 main title
|Created by||Anthony Anderson|
|Written by||Anthony Anderson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||41|
|Executive producer(s)||Anthony Anderson|
|Producer(s)||Martha Byrne (co-exec)|
|Original release||October 15, 2009 – present|
Anacostia is a soap opera web series that premiered on October 15, 2009, on YouTube. Created by and starring Anthony Anderson, it chronicles the drama among residents of the titular community in Washington, D. C.
The series was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series, and Martha Byrne won a Daytime Emmy the same year for Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series for her performance as Alexis Jordan. Elizabeth Hubbard was nominated in 2016 for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for her role as Eva Montgomery.
- Anthony Anderson as Sean (2009–present)
- Chanté Bowser as Salina (2009–2012)
- Melan Perez as Salina (2014–present)
- Tamieka Chavis as Mia (2009–present)
- Marion Akpan as Nancy (2009–present)
- Pasha Diallo as Dominique (2011–present)
- Kena Hodges as Nicole (2011–present)
- Christopher Bair as Cliff (2011–present)
- William Lash as Scott (2009–present)
- Rabon Hutcherson as Andre (2011–2013)
- Deidra Taylor as Lashawn "Cherry" Alexander (2011–2013)
- Darnell Lamont Walker as Julian (2011–2013)
- Tia Dae as Deanna Grayson (2009–present)
- Carey Green as Jack (2011–2012)
- Antonio Harrison, Jr. as Que (2011–present)
- Jermaine McNeal as Andrew (2009–2011)
- Giselle Gant as Madison (2011–2013)
- Darnerien McCants as Cyrus (2011–present)
- Walter Maxfield Jones as Michael (2009)
- Tye Frazier as Brian (2011–2012)
- Kelvin Terrell as Ray (2011–present)
- Tiana Harris as Ashley (2011-2012)
- Martha Byrne as Alexis Jordan (2011–present)
- India Doy as Jennifer (2011–present)
- Tandrea Parrott as Desiree' (2011–present)
- Luis Valdez as Eric (2012–present)
- Yohance Fleming as Chauncey (2011)
- Lauren Dorsey as Donatella
- Kareem Petteway as Creeko (2009)
- Alexis Robinson Smith as Melissa (2014–present)
- Tremayne Norris as Carlos (2014–present)
- Ashleigh McGill as April (2014–present)
- Rolfini Whidbee as Maurice (2011–present)
- Dai Boggan as Tim (2015)
- Chris Deloatch as Clay (2015)
- Elizabeth Hubbard as Eva Montgomery (2015)
Anacostia was created in 2009 by Anderson, who also writes, executive produces and stars in the series. Byrne serves as co-executive producer, with Lora Lee, Jamie Misiak and Alexis Robinson Smith as line producers; Harold Jackson III, Anne Wells Auer and Nicole Whitmire as consulting producers; and Marion Akpan, Christopher Bair, Kelvin Cook, Tia Dae, Pasha Diallo, India Doy-Young, Antonio Harrison Jr., Kena Hodges, William Lash and Rolfini Whidbee as producers.
Byrne joined the series in 2011 as Alexis Jordan. In September 2015, Soap Opera Digest reported that Byrne's former As the World Turns co-star Elizabeth Hubbard would appear on Anacostia as Eva Montgomery, in scenes directed and co-written by Byrne.
Awards and recognition
Anacostia was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series, and Martha Byrne won a Daytime Emmy the same year for Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series for her performance as Alexis Jordan. Elizabeth Hubbard was nominated in 2016 for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for her role as Eva Montgomery.
To date, the series has won seven Indie Series Awards, and has been nominated for many more.
|2010||1st Indie Soap Awards||Best Ensemble||Won|
|2011||2nd Indie Soap Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor||Anthony Anderson||Won|
|Breakthrough Performance||Pasha Diallo||Won|
|2012||3rd Indie Soap Awards||Best Guest Appearance (Drama)||Martha Byrne||Won|
|Best Writing (Drama)||Anthony Anderson||Won|
|2013||4th Indie Soap Awards||Best Supporting Actress (Drama)||Pasha Diallo||Won|
|2015||42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series||Martha Byrne||Won|
|6th Indie Series Awards||Best Ensemble (Drama)||Won|
|2016||43rd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series||Elizabeth Hubbard||Nominated|
|7th Indie Series Awards||Best Lead Actress (Drama)||Tamieka Chavis||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress (Drama)||Tia Dae||Nominated|
|Best Guest Actress (Drama)||Elizabeth Hubbard||Nominated|
|Best Ensemble (Drama)||Nominated|
In December 2010, Anderson was named by We Love Soaps as one of the 15 Most Fascinating People of 2010.
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- Anacostia's channel on YouTube
- Anacostia at the Internet Movie Database
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