Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series “Eighty-Six” (Exposing The Dark Side Of Entertainment Industry Success)

Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series "Eighty-Six" (Exposing The Dark Side Of Entertainment Industry Success)

It's been a little while since I gave you folks a new web series to watch, think about and comment on.

Well, get ready, 'cause I'll be unloading a few more all this week… starting with this one…

From Outside the Block Entertainment comes a dramatic web/television series titled Eighty-Six, starring Francesca J. Gailes, Coley Mustafa Speaks, and Adam Starks.

The backstory:

When singing sensation TWEETY-LA (Cherub Moore) is found dead on the eve of signing a contract with a new label, ALEXANDER MAC (Starks), MAXINE CASEY (Gailes), and JAXON CASEY (Speaks) – the three-headed monstrosity forming Casey.Mac Entertainment – are suspected of her murder. As lies beget more lies, the empire of Casey.Mac begins to buckle under the pressure of the investigation and their own personal vices – jeopardizing everything they have worked for. The series also stars Blair Sharné as L.A.P.D. DETECTIVE MICHELLE FOURNIER who wants nothing more than to find the killer (or does she?) and David Hunter Jr. as Casey.Mac Entertainment’s main rival, ROMAN P. JONES.

Writers/producers Gailes and Starks describe Eighty-Six as a "high concept drama exposing the underbelly of success within the entertainment industry." 

Here's episode 1, directed by J. L. Walters:

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I love this series! Unless I have missed others, I would say this is the best production of a web series this year in terms of story, sound, visuals, and acting. Didn't appreciate the post-prod graphics when Tweety was on the phone; it took away from the realism. From what I can see, the only ripoff is from the film The Player (not to be confused with How to be a Player). If they did what they're being accused of, take them to court and make 'em bleed. If they didn't, I hope you can be honest enough to come back on this site and atone. To a group of screenwriters, the only thing hated more than a plagarist is a gutless, unapologetic libelist.


This was a great effort. Sure there were a few aspects that threw me (mainly some of the acting), but overall, I was genuinely entertained. I love that the blocking is very intentional, and I really enjoyed the soundtrack and the post additions that helped move the story along. And honestly, the acting isn't terrible; I'm actually excited to see the actors grow as the series moves forward. Can't wait to see the next installment!


Can someone at least tell me who killed that fine lady? I think it was Max. But that's just me.


Let's just wait. Because I work in academia, I'm hypersensitive to words like "plagiarize" and "ripp off" so I don't take the usage of those words lightly. For everyone's sake, I sincerely hope this isn't the case.


No, B.C. that would provide them with enough time to make changes. We've been damaged enough. If you like I can email the script to you while their second episode airs if we notice any additional similarities.


Tell you what . . . just for the sake of argument I'll wait for the next episode. If there's any further similarities I'll gladly email any of you a PDF of the entire script so you can see for yourselves. By the way, the lawyers will be watching, too. They also have copies.

Marvin Smith

I've got the script right in front of me. Way too many similarities for a coincidence.

Marvin Smith

This is plagiarized rip off of an existing pilot script circulated to various agencies early this year. Completely shameful.

R. Wallace

Interesting. There are some minor things that missed the mark, BUT, isn't that like most shows or movies? No show will ever make everyone happy, but like Akimbo said, at least it's not another sappy girlfriends romantic drama rip off. It's too early to tell where the show is going, but the type of drama they seem to be selling is something the black community should get behind. Why? Because it's different. It's not a knee slapper or ghetto-rific or church-ified or Tyler-fied (yes…I said it) or anything else black actors (except for a chosen few) get stuck in.

If I were the producers and cast, I would look at this as a learning experience and build on it. If they do, they have an audience.

I also agree with Traci…I hope they bring Tweety (funny name because she is hi back.

Traci R.

Oh snaps they killed off the best actor of the group! I hope this show is told in flashbacks and we get to see her again. I agree with Artbizzy…thanking de Lawd for the indepedent online mediamaking industry!


First, the good: The actors Starks (Alexander) and Cherub Moore (Tweety-LA). Now, the actor that I believe was over the top was Francesca Gailes, who's also one of the writers, which could cause concerns in the future. However, I believe the writing was cool. The actor who needs loads of work is Mr Speaks (JAXON). I mean, I don't know if he was suppose exude campiness, nevertheless he appeared simply as an actor who was trying too hard to "act". All in all I would give the production a strong "B". But listen, I know this is a web series, however, I think the producers have to understand that with any form of entertainment, I believe one of the first goals should be related to GRABBING THE VIEWER! Give me something that's going to make me WANT to set my alarm clock and put a check mark on my calender. Look, there's a load of people, places and thangs that are honking, buying, stroking and begging for my time, so the begging question is "why YOU, what's so special and different about YOUR product and what are you offering that's going to compel me stop my day and turn my head"?

M. Rice

The production value was really poor and the acting was bad. Also the entire episode had no substance, not sure I'd want to see that again… but nice effort.


I like the soundtrack.


It was a bit overacted at times, but got the point across nicely. I think it's well shot. I would love to see more. I hope you post updates.


I liked it, was intrigued, and was glad someone killed that ungrateful-assed Tweety-la! Will watch again. Always glad to see people step outside of the Sex and the City/Girlfriends/relationship drama mold when it comes to web series.


Very interesting. Suspenseful and campy in a good way (the wayI like thrillers to be) though it has a nice polish. My first thought when I saw the heading for this was "oh no not another web series about the entertainment industry" but I like the thriller spin you put on it. I will definitely look out for more of these. Can I just take a moment to say, Thank you, God for web series in general. They restore my faith in independent TV and cinema and I loooove seeing more black people onscreen.

J. Jones

Like what I see. Will definitely add to my must watch list.

picky picky

eeerrrrrg! sound!

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