“The Salon,” a new digital series from Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo, and writer/director/producer Roxanne Messina Captor for Messina Captor Films, has unveiled a “For Your Consideration” campaign for the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards.
The 6-episode series has submitted nominations in all major creative, performance and technical categories including “Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series,” announced filmmaker Captor, herself an Emmy nominee for the CBS special “Home Sweet Homeless.”
“The Salon” pivots from the comedic to the dramatic with an ensemble cast that mirrors the culturally diverse richness of the world outside the “The Salon’s” rarified atmosphere. The storyline punctuates the zany and unlikely friendships that are formed among employees and customers amplified by contemporary issues ripped from today’s headlines.
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“The Salon” features Harry Shearer, Kate Linder, Luis Jose Lopez, Mason Grammer, Eddie Buck, Akende Munalula, Candy Washington, Vanessa Garcia, Chalo Savino, Jeanette O’Connor, Jennifer Lee Weaver, Gail Bearden, Derek Washington, Anthony Tai and Tommy Geraci, with a cameo by KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.
Messina Captor reflects on her project: “‘The Salon’ is a microcosm of our world and I am delighted that it has resonated with so many of our viewers 18+, many of whom have remarked how welcome it was to have a comedy come into their lives during these challenging times. It was always my hope that people would see a little of themselves in one of more of these characters. I like to describe as series as the juxtaposition of truth and reality, fantasy and fact, and perfection and imperfection. We were so fortunate to be able to complete this project during the pandemic with a masterful post-production. This included expressive music by Judith Owen.”
“The Salon” is based upon Captor’s award-winning short film, “A Couple of White Chicks at The Hairdresser” which she wrote, directed and produced in 2009 which starred Shelley Long, Harry Shearer and Kate Linder. The short premiered at the Cannes Short Film Corner, was the MOW Pick for Shorts International Network on Direct TV and Frontier, and was an “Oscar Pick” for Largo’s streaming service. “The Salon” continues the original storyline arc of “A Couple of White Chicks…” adapted to a digital format to address audiences’ preferences in 2020.
Key crew credits include: Lori Glasgow(Co-Producer); Anthony Nex (Co-Producer); Louise Sattler (Co-Producer); Sunghwan Moon(Editor); Griffin Nex (Director of Photography) Caroline Skubik (Costume Designer), Cassidy Steele (Production Designer); Bobby Murphy (Assistant Director); Siggy Mathieson (First Asst. Director); Pam Temmen (Production Coordinator) Manuel Rivas (Production and Post Sound); and Seda Akaltin (Script Supervisor). A complete list of “The Salon” technical crew credits is available on IMDB.