After four seasons, 33 episodes, and a three-year hiatus, Anacostia–The Serieswon its first Daytime Emmy Award last weekend. The soapy web drama, set in and around Ward 8, picked up an award for Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series for actress Martha Byrne and was also nominated for Best New Approaches Drama Series.
Local performer Anthony Anderson, the show's creator, has written and directed the series since 2009. The series caught on with a small local audience right away and gained a bigger following after adding Byrne, an actress who spent nearly 20 years acting on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, to the season three cast. Her experience with double-crossing, back-stabbing nature of soap operas adds a degree of maturity to the show as it evolves.