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Crystal Chappell Asks: Who Should Ani End Up With In Season Five Of Venice … Gina, Lara, Or Neither Gal?

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Crystal Chappell and company are gearing up to shoot season five of the hit web series, Venice.  Today, the series released a video featuring Crystal asking fans of the show their input into what should happen next in the life of Ani played by Chappell’s longtime scene partner, Jessica Leccia!

Crystal related: “Ani has had a lot of problems, and all relatable things. We have all struggled with self-esteem, weight issues, family issues most certainly, and she is at a critical point in her life.  We hit those points, and we have to make decisions, and she needs to decide whether she is going to marry Lara (Nadia Bjorlin), or give Gina (Chappell)  another chance, or just start fresh.  I want good things for Ani and I have a very protective energy around her.   I need your help. What would you like to see happen to Ani this season? What is best for her on Venice?

So with that, watch the video with Crystal after the jump! Then let us know: Is it time for Gina and Ani to get back together once and for all? Do you think Ani could ride off into the sunset and be happy with Lara?  Should she walk away from both of these women and start fresh, perhaps with a new love, or even just be by herself for awhile? Share your thoughts below!

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ani should dump Lara and stay with Gina who really loves her and has not manipulated her in any way to be with her.

Indeed, get rid of the alcoholic!

Lara and ani Gina hurt ani so many times

They both have hurt Ani and they both have their faults but Gina seems more genuine. Gina and Ani getting back together though is probably more predictable cause she is always running back to Gina

if Ani goes back with either Gina or Laura, it would stir up trouble, it all depends on which one would have a greater climax, or cause more drama

Ani and Gina need to get back together and as well the burnt letter that Laura burned ani must find out somehow what it said as it will prove even more how much Gina does love her. Love the show

as crazy as this sounds Ani need to stay with Laura and Gina will find a new love that will totally understand her and give her all she needs in life and Gina will ask her to marry her. Then Ani finds out about the letter that Laura destroyed and that she was the one to hit Gina. Laura life start to roll out of control and Ani is left alone poundering why she didn’t go with her heart all along. Eventually Ani and Gina will once again be a partner once Gina wife pass away from a illness(cancer)

Maybe there should be new relationships for all these ladies. They would long for each other from a far and drag others into the hot mess of their lives.

I love Lara though my heart is leaning toward Gina and Ani, and I don’t want Venice to end. Venice is like the webs version of Homeland, Nurse Jackie, or the networks How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, The Fosters, or Empire. It’s fun to look forward to 10 or 12 weeks of tight writing and wonderful acting unfolding good stories that leave you wanting more.

Gina and Ani , all the way! I loved their chemistry and the near supernatural connection they have. It wod be so cool if they did like a sub plot that they find out from Gina’s Aunt Gaia ,that Gina and Ani have had past lives together and something or someone has stopped them from having a happy ending and this life is their last chance at true happiness.

ani loves gina and gina loves ani,they wouldn’t be happy without each other..i think ,tgina finally has gotten over her fear of being hurt again and is ready for a commitment, they are so good together

It should always be Gina and Ani. They were, are and always will be part of each other starting from Otalia. Lara is beautiful but she shouldn’t have to lie and manipulate to get Ani to be a part of her life. It all should be natural and that’s what Gina and Ani have. Everyone goes through trials and tribulations in life, but those two always manage to end up back with each other, through thick and thin. They deserve their happiness together.

I agree! It would suck if it ends any other way

I go for LARA AND ANI. The two should end up to together rather than Ani choosing Gina instead. Ani should think that it’s Lara who has been there for here after she had had messed up relationship with Gina who only dumped her (Ani) again and again. Ani can make sure that Lara would love only her and no one else but her though the only problem that Lara has is being alcoholic which just slightly hurts Ani’s feelings. So ANI, PLEASE CHOOSE LARA AND YOU’LL SURELY BE HAPPY.

I am with you, I like Lara and Ani
Connection, they are so cute as
a couple. And the chemistry they
share is all so sweet.

yes, smart..

I am for team Lara and Ani.
Lara loves Ani sincerely despite her alcoholic situation. They can both overcome the problem.
Besides the romance between them is so terrific.

I disagree with you I the Ana and Gina belong the they have more connection and chemistry together the are soulmate I’m team Ana and Gina all the way

Gina and Ani should get back together

I have been a fan from the beginning and have Always wanted Gina andvannie to have theirnhappynending. I want Annie to read Gina letter so thatvannie can finally know how much she love her

The end game has to be Gina and Ani. From season one that’s the way it was set up to be.

Ani should be with Gina season 5 is the last season of venice the series.Will hate to see the end of a very good show it shows people about love and family

I’ve watched from season one and at first I would have said Gina and Ani.
However, Lara as a character captivates me. She seems so put together even when we all pretty much can assume that her life is about to crash. In spite of all the things that their relationship has been through she loves Ani and regardless of catching Ani kissing Gina right before the wedding and ignoring the fact that she was about to run away with her; I’d say that’s love.
Lara has been good for Ani from the beginning and Lara has always been there for Ani and puts her before herself. I honestly wonder why she’s sticking around for a girl who is still not over her ex so it’s no question that she does indeed love her. I think most of all that Ani owes it to Lara and hers relationship to for now let Gina go and if Gina really does love Lara she would be a little more respectful because honestly this was not the time or place and Gina owes Ani more than this.

I agree with you. Lara is best for Ani.
Pls let Lara and Ani have a happy ending.

Ani loves Gina In a way more intense way than she loves Lara,,, Gina hurt ani yes but she deserves a second chance, they need to make a fresh start ,because its Lara’s fault their not together she burnt Gina’s love letter… If ani had known about that she wouldn’t have accepted Lara’s proposal

GINA and her belong together!

Lara and Ani belong together, I LIKE Gina but I see Ani with Lara love them together, please let them be marriage .

Lara and ani forever.

yes always

Gina and Ani belong together. Lara is so insecure she burnt a love letter to Ani and consistently lied about her sobriety. Lara shouldn’t be with anyone until she can move past her own insecurities. By far, Lara deserves a new start but does not deserve Ani.

You, have made a valid point
Lara does love Ani, what Gina,
has put Ani through, a smart
choice to do is move on, a
toxic relationship, never get
better, its a matter of pride,
thinking that Ani could not
move forward without her. A
Person like Ani, can not be
trusted. Ani and Lari!

I love all your comments, but lets be honest here every relationship has to have its ups and downs and that is exactly what Anni and Gina has gone through. It suck sometimes when you know that two people are meant to be together, but things just keep on pulling them apart. It has been a very long and bumpy road for the two of them but they make each other complete and the writers should give Anni and Gina their happy ending. After all No matter what as long as the love between them is true then love should win for a change, and I believe that they do love each other…..they just need time to remember why they love each other and then slowly find their way back to each other. Sorry Lara but it the truth and there’s no reason to scheme and try to confuse Anni, in fact I believe if she did’nt burn the letter that Gina wrote to Anni it would have probably been Gina standing at the alter and not her. Please give Gina and Anni their happy ever after….Thank You.

Gina and Ani for sure.

have to be Ani and Lara, Gina lost her oportunity with her so she has to go away. I belive in new and fresh relationship.

Although I love the “hot and sexy’ Lara, I want more of the “hot and steamy” that Ani & Gina bring. They have an incredible onscreen chemistry……absolutely- Ani & Gina;)

If I am Lara, I’ll give up Ani, I dont accept my bride look at two directions. If her heart still Gina, Lara should give up.

Most definitely Gina and Ani!!!

And …..Will someone PLEASE mention that beautiful letter?!

honestly i would love for Gina and Ani to be together but my understanding Ani does love Gina with her heart but she is scared of being hurt again but at the same time being with Lara can go either way because after experiencing a slap and push against the wall it cause confusing of love or hate.. Ani doesn’t deserved that but no love worth that physical or emotional pain..Ani should take time for her self before chose her infinty soulmate..love is unconditional and Gina and Ani have it but how much are they willing to give to make it work..

when you love you do anything for love,so what lara did is acceptable, love & war alll the way,i will love lara & ani or if not then please find her someone worth on the show for lara 😉

ANI & LARA !

Ani and Gina. But I feel there needs to be a healing process. She shouldn’t jump straight into a relationship with Gina. They should start slow, enjoy the fresh start of a second chance. They’ve both been through a great deal. Let them learn each other all over again. Rediscover what made them fall in love in the first place.

LANI for PUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I so love Ani! —being together with Lara; and i believe there are thousands who feel the same way who could not reach out this site because they do not know there’s a question like this. Good vibes for all. 🙂 If there’ll be a little twists, fine… but at least “LANI” is forever. 🙂
I love you, Ms. Jessica! Cuddles! Hope this reaches you out! <3

Ok so I’ve watched the love story unfold from season one to the interruption of the wedding. From watching I think Ani is toxic and needs to figure her stuff out. She was with Laura but was still talking and comforting Gina, not cool. You’re in a relationship with one person not the person you’re with and your ex. Yes what happened between Laura and Ani was not cool and Laura is paying for it, and Ani is healing but they are working through it. Gina dumped Ani time and time again, then when she ended up with someone she was happy with then she all of a sudden wanted Ani back. I like Ani with Laura. Laura was there for Ani giving her confidence boosts, helping her, comforting her, and staying by her side even though she knows Ani has the Gina issue. Laura and Ani all the way. They have great chemistry, I don’t think I would watch anymore if Laura was not on the show anymore. She is so captivating.

It always feels great being in love with someone but that person (Gina) we love is not always meant to be the one to be in a relationship with. Ani should cherish the time and remain friends with Gina seeking someone that loves being in love with her. Everyone has flaws but it’s phenomenal to see recovery through each struggle so Lara may deserve another chance once she tells all. Wouldn’t close the door to other possibilities.

Gina and Ani please!!! Its time for them to be happy together starting fresh. Lara is a mess and manipulated Ani by burning the letter or Ani would have ran back to Gina then. Their love is deep and most people never get that. Its time for them now

I think Ani needs a break from both of them Gina not trustworthy and Lara is insecure. Gina needs to prove herself to Ani . Ani needs to find out what she’s really wanting in a relationship, she shouldn’t have to work so for it. she did with both relationships. In the end i think it should be Gina and Ani . i would be disappointed if it ended any other way.

I think ani should take a break from both women and she should focus on herself find out what she likes and woman and maybe for the new road she meet someone Jean and perhaps growing up ready to be with her I make a solid commitmen

Honestly I believe in true love as well as second chances
and change but separating that kind of love would be devastating
to watch but also a crazy twist. And the other incredible twist
would be ani find out all about Lara after they were married.
And her desperately trying to find gina before it’s too late but
hey that’s just me I write but I’m not an Emmy award-winning author
LOL…

LARA AND ANI SHOULD BE TOGETHER! such a great couple

AGREED

i want lara and ani to be together gina broke anis heart so many times and she left her ani deserves someone like lara witch is so much better then gina

Gina a nd Ani all the way! Waited a long time for their happy ending, ever since Otalia! Lara just doesn’t cut it with Ani, so please don’t let all your Otalia fans down!

Ani and Gina all the way.! I love there chemistry.

I can’t stand the way Gina continues to hurt Ani, and while Lara is not perfect she should stay with her. She deserves a true love albeit not always perfect but one of respect mutual adoration support and that’s true. We all have our demons and this whole Gina mess has been horrible on Lara. I get why she’s stuck in her dark place. Ani is Laras perfect whole and vice versa. She doesn’t need Gina who sleeps around and uses people for het benefit. Sucks she realized too late that she had a good thing going with ani and effd it up but it’s not fair to destroy Ani again bye running get chance at happiness with Lara

Worst case let Ani start fresh.

I like your comment. Right to the point

Gina and Ani, should be your final love ending story… Happy ever after!
Unless we dont want the series to end…i dont…. Sl make their love strengthen from a distant…this keeps us all watching! Just love the series! Keep us satisfied with bits of pieces of what could be with Gina And Ani….

Gina and Ani

Ani should give Gina another try. Gina has never lied to Ani and Lara has. Plus, Ani still loves Gina. Ani doesn’t really trust Lara.

Lara and Ani for sure! Great couple! But..if you will..you could have Ani choose Gina..and then have Ani realize she has made the biggest mistake of her life..begging Lara to take her back after she realises that Gina only wanted her to win and breakes Ani’s heart yet again. ( Gina only wants what she can not have )

Gina and Ani!!!-The only couple that has onscreen chemistry. Lara is simple only wrong and an alcoholic. Plus I don’t feel any chemistry between Lara and Ani. Most of us are watching this for finally experiencing a happy ending between Ani and Gina! The writers want that to happen als well. At least that’s what I saw…And of course Ani needs to learn the truth about Lara’s dishonesty (letter, hit-and-run, lies, etc.). She needs to learn about Gina’s attempts to fight for her love and Lara’s failures. But only after she decided to not marry Lara

Ani tiene que quedarse con Gina, porque el verdadero amor no olvidamos.

I vote for Ani and Gina! Her relationship with Lara is about safety more than anything. Gina is her true love and love is hard sometimes but when you give into it, it is amazing.

I believe that LARA and ANI should definitely be endgame. I believe that LARA will always love Ani and not leave her or hurt her like Gina did. LARA and Ani have amazing chemistry, I just don’t see it with Gina, don’t see them having a great future.

I would Love… Love to see Lara and Ani make it to the end. Please don’t punish Lara by ending her relationship just because she is a hot mess right now. Instead prove that the love Lara and Ani have for each other is enough to make them last a lifetime. Let love prevail finally!!! Sorry Gina, the past has passed…

Gina and ani forever

Lara and Ani

Defintely Gina and Ani together! Lara was deceitful and hid too many things from Ani! Lara is like the Countess in the Sound of Music hiding a letter from the Captain! Please,please let it be Ani and Gina. They have real life chemistry. Lara needs to grow up and go to AA!

Gina and Ani. Will be real unhappy if it doesn’t end that way. But only if Gina treats her well and respects and truly cherishes the relationship. I really liked the balance of the Otalia relationship. They both had different strengths and were great together.

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John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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One Life to Live Alum Jonathan Groff Wins First Tony Award For ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

Finally, in his third Tony Award nomination, the multi-talented Jonathan Groff, was named the Tony winner in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the 77th annual Tony Awards broadcast on CBS.

In one of the hotly contested categories of the night, Groff bested Brody Grant for The Outsiders, Dorian Harewood for The Notebook, Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses, and Oscar and Olivier Award winner Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.

Many thought Groff should have won a Tony back in 2007 for his performance in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, but ‘Merrily’ was the ticket to victory.

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One Life to Live fans may remember Groff played the teenager Henry Mackler back in 2007, in what was to be a long arc of a storyline involving a school shooting, but his role as cut short after 11 episodes, due to the real-life Virginia Tech school shooting in April of 2007.

Delivering the most emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech Tony night, Jonathan began. “I grew up in a house surrounded by cornfields in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was raised by my parents, Jim and Julie Groff, and my brother David, and the three of them were sitting right there. Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three. Thank you for letting me act out scenes from I Love Lucy on my 10th birthday. Thank you for always allowing my freak flag to fly without ever making me feel weird about it.”

He added, “Even if they didn’t always understand me “my family knew the lifesaving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment. I walked through life with an open heart because you let me know that I could. Thank you to all of my teachers back in Pennsylvania, especially Sue Fisher, who told me I could do this for a living.”

Speaking to how Broadway has impacted his life, Groff further teared-up and expressed, “I moved to New York exactly 20 years ago this year and I got a job waiting tables and became a volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. All I wanted was to be a part of this community. A thank you to everyone involved in Spring Awakening who not only made that dream come true, but also inspired me to come out of the closet when I was 23. I’m now 39 and musical theater is still saving my soul.”

“Maria Friedman, thank you for letting me be your Franklin Shepherd in this production of Merrily and allowing me the chance to accept respect and express both the lightest and darkest parts of myself,” Groff continued. “Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, you are more than old friends, you are soul mates, and I’m looking forward to watching each other change for the rest of our lives. Thank you to every member of the extraordinary cast for lifting this Merrily into the spiritual stratosphere.”

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Groff concluded with, “And finally, I just want to say that when I was a kid in Pennsylvania, I used to record the Tony Awards on a VHS tape and watch the performances over and over again. And to actually be able to be a part of making theater in this city and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible, incredible community, has been the greatest gift and pleasure of my life. I thank you and thank you so much for this honor.”

So were you happy to see Jonathan Groff win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical? What did you think of his acceptance speech?  Watch it below, then Let us know in the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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