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U.S. immigration debate takes on comedic tone with new sitcom
TV show about refugees set in South Beach could be next break-out network hit
The show is called, “W.E.T.S.,”
“Although a fictional program, I think ‘W.E.T.S.’
The real life refugees – none of whom have acting experience – are excited about the prospect of working on the show.
“In my country, it’s a daily struggle for survival,” said Philippe Dujour, a Port-Au-Prince native. “To be given this opportunity is something I never dreamt could happen.”
The refugees all have “natural acting abilities,” said Schorr, who was impressed by how intuitively they each handled the script dialogue and how well they worked off each other.
“It’s like they’ve been acting for years, and the chemistry between them transcends ethnic, cultural and linguistic boundaries,”
When TMR Multimedia's original W.E.T.S. pilot was shot in 1983, one of the beach locations used was off the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Shooting just down the beach was what was to become another refugee classic, “Scarface”
“I remember seeing the equipment trucks for ‘Scarface’
As befits its subject matter, the show is not without controversy thanks to today’s hotly contested immigration issue. Some critics point to the fictional “W.E.T.S.”
“If we’re going to do a show about a real life problem, even if it’s a sitcom, let’s put some realism in it,” said Tom DeMink, an unemployed truck driver from Miami. “I’ve got no problem with immigrants, but I think we’ve got to first get jobs for citizens.”
For other Americans, the show is a step in the right direction to solving an ongoing problem that’s costing Americans billions of dollars.
“I’m for a legal, fair solution to the immigration problem,” proffered Beverly Bounders, a legal secretary from Tampa. “If immigrants are willing to work hard to become responsible citizens who contribute to the well being of the U.S. then I say give them a shot.”
Based on Hollywood’s initial reaction to the original “W.E.T.S.”
“The show is hilarious and informative,”