Backstage Pass Series

BACKSTAGE PASS SERIES: Go behind the scenes at a Hollywood studio for an inside glimpse at a sitcom in the making. Stars Collide, one of the hottest comedies on television, boasts a great cast and crew. Kat Jennings, the sitcom’s lead actress, is secretly in love with her co-star, Scott Murphy. Can they keep their budding romance a secret, or will her quirky grandmother, Lenora, spill the beans? Athena Pappas, the show’s head writer, finds herself in a quandary when producers hire a Vegas comedian, Stephen Cosse, to beef up the show’s sagging ratings. Her over-the-top Greek family falls head over heels for Stephen and his eleven-year-old daughter, Brooke, further complicating her life. Tia Morales, the show’s first female director, faces some comedic challenges on-stage and off as she tumbles into a relationship with Jason Harris, one of the show’s most stubborn cameramen. If only she could “direct” her crazy life outside of the studio! Then things would be perfect. Or, would they? Love wins out when you head backstage with the cast and crew of Stars Collide! Check out “Sitcoms That Changed My Life” http://janiceathompson.com/blog/sitcoms-that-changed-my-life/comment-page-1#comment-2866 Stars Collide by Janice ThompsonBOOK ONE: Stars Collide SYNOPSIS: Her future's so bright, she's gotta wear shades Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don't just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom--they are actually head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat's grandmother, an eccentric star from Hollywood's golden age, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed family members? From the soundstage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes you on a roller-coaster tour of Hollywood, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion. More...   Hello Hollywood by Janice ThompsonBOOK TWO: Hello Hollywood SYNOPSIS: Athena Pappas is the head writer on one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem scripting the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script? With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as the characters discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them. More...   The Director's Cut by Janice ThompsonBOOK THREE: The Director’s Cut SYNOPSIS: Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She's the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide, and her life on set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. But her life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get her family to behave as well as her stars do! When she starts butting heads with handsome camera operator Jason Harris, it's enough to send a girl over the edge. Will she ever learn to let go and take life--and love--as it comes? Full of the humor and crazy family dynamics Janice Thompson fans have come to love, this colorful story gives readers an inside look at Hollywood and a healthy dose of romance. More...