Michael Caruso: 'DeVanity' Was Not All About Him

Wrote web-based soap series as an ensemble piece

Michael Caruso was executive producer and wrote the soap opera web-based series, DeVanity.


VIDEO: Hear what Michael Caruso learned from making the web-based series, DeVanity.


When he created the web series DeVanity (www.devanity.com), Michael Caruso could have been accused of being self-serving.

The character he wrote and played, Jason, is a cornerstone for the show, but Caruso says he learned early in his writing experience to take himself out of the equation.

"The show is not an ode to me," he says. "It's very much an ensemble cast. I put Jason in context with everyone around him. Sometimes that's where some creators can go astray because they want so badly for that screen time that they don't do justice to all of the other people around them. I really tried to do that. I tried not to make it an obnoxious, self-serving project, and I think I accomplished that."

DeVanity recently completed its fourth and final season, a timeframe considered a lifetime in Internet-based programming that continues to grow despite the inherent financial challenges. The show received award nominations every season, and this past year took home Best Online Soap Opera at the 2014 Hollyweb Festival.

Caruso, known for The Blackout and Hero Treatment, says the appreciation for hooking a new fan to a burgeoning industry was the ultimate takeaway.

"It's a thrill. It's an absolute thrill," Caruso says. "You never get used to something like that. I don't think you should anyway. It's always a unique gift when someone comes up to you and says, 'I love your show, I've seen every episode and I think it’s really great'. I don't think I would have anticipated that in a million years, so it's been a really wonderful surprise."

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Mario Canali Exhibition Opens at Brian Marki Fine Art - Jan. 29, 2016

The exhibition, Metaphysical Fantasy, explores the mystical and the everyday with evocative images through a masterful palette of inspired color and light that both surprises and delights.

RM Magazine 3rd Annual Launch Party - Jan. 6, 2016

The City of Rancho Mirage debuted the new issue of R/M magazine at an elegant cover unveiling ceremony at Wally’s Desert Turtle.

Eisenhower Medical Center 45th Anniversary Gala - Jan. 16, 2016

Diana Ross in shimmering emerald green thrilled 850 supporters after a sumptuous dinner at Eisenhower Medical Center’s 45th Anniversary Gala

Colin Fisher Studios Draws Record Crowd for Art Opening - Jan. 8, 2016

Coachella Valley art patrons were treated to paintings by artists TAIRA and Gabriel Rivera.

Grace Robbins Dishes Desert Favs

Grace Robbins went back to New York for a time, but “the Palm Springs lifestyle” eventually led her back to the desert.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Palm Springs Life's Women in Business

Palm Springs Life's Women in Business

Winner profiles will be highlighted in a special section in Palm Springs Life’s May 2016 issue. Nominate Your Top Women in Business!
Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2016.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Enter for a Chance to Win a Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2016 Grand Experience
Edit ModuleShow Tags