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Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia, Robert S. Woods & More Soap Faves! The Grove The Series Promo!

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Those who have been eagerly awaiting the debut of Crystal Chappell’s latest web series, The Grove, finally get a taste of it in this new teaser promo released today for the first time!

In it, One Life to Live favorite Robert S. Woods provides the voice over narration, and the best part of that is he is integral to the plot of The Grove and is in the series!

What would The Grove be without Chappell and Jessica Leccia as Nico and Ivy, who play the key couple? And,  if you watch the end of the promo, there looks to be a wedding for our favorite gals!

Check out who else is in the promo: The Young and the Restless’ Christian LeBlanc, Michelle Stafford, and Beth Maitland, Days of our Lives Nadia Bjorlin, and former DAYS star, Mark Hapka, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Linsey Godfrey, plus Bobbie Eakes and Jordan Clarke!

The Grove is about two family’s living, loving, and fighting in a small central California town called “The Grove”.  Watch the promo after the jump and let us know what you think?

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

This looks BEAUTIFUL! Crystal Chappell is truly a revolutionary in this industry and “The Grove” is an even more expressive view of that! I cannot wait for it to officially launch!

Vanessa
Vanessa

I can’t wait to see it. I love Bob Woods and can’t wait to see him in action again!

Blake
Blake

This looks great! It’s great seeing the soap stars together. And there’s Jordan Clarke, Billy from Guiding Light!

Jill
Jill

Is there going to be a gay story? I don’t want to see any physical stuff if there is. JMO.

Pepper
Pepper

The main couple is compromised of two women and they kissed a couple of times in the promo, so I would say yes, there will be a “gay story” and there will “physical stuff” to see.

Pepper
Pepper

Comprised even.

Sam
Sam

LMAO! well answered. Obviously if the promo shows a gay couple kissing and on top of that they are the central couple of the story…I would expect there will be physical stuff at that.

RationalityPlease
RationalityPlease

Homophobia can be cured. I do hope you seek help.

Maryann Kulbus
Maryann Kulbus

I cannot believe that I am going to be able to see Bob Woods again…l can’t wait!!!!

Tricia
Tricia

Very excited to see The Grove! I respect Crystal so much. She loves the soap genre and has gathered so many fine actors to be a part of this project. Brava!

jamie
jamie

The groove really looks good can’t wait to see it.

Caroldee
Caroldee

BOB WOODS will follow him ANYWHERE!! Happy to just see him!!

PJ
PJ

Such an exceptional cast. CC & JL…Yay!
Looking forward to the show!

MattsPlace
MattsPlace

The Grove looks good. Hoping this will be a big breakthrough series for Crystal and everyone involved. What a great cast!

susan M.
susan M.

No comment……..

Cheryl
Cheryl

Looking forward to watching!

Joyce
Joyce

I loved it can’t wait to see it .I love Crystal and Jessica can’t wait to see more of them.

ashlee
ashlee

I just do not understand why CC keeps casting herself as a lesbian in all these web shows. I find it very distasteful that she is making a career out of playing lesbians. However, I do think it is great that she is finding new and inventive ways of keeping soaps alive and for providing employment opportunities for our favourites!!

Pepper
Pepper

Why do you find her playing more than one lesbian character distasteful? I mean, she’s hardly making a career out if it, since she’s not getting paid and Venice is basically only maintaining itself, not turning a profit.

With mixed results, she’s catering to an underserved group of people, whose representation on television is very low. Let’s be honest, very few straight viewers are going to be willing to pay to watch a web series, when they can see straight characters and romances on television for free. Just look at the poll that Prospect Park did, when they were still trying to figure out how to get AMC and OLTL on the web. Not a lot of people were willing to pay a subscription fee and if they were it was a very low amount. This is the reason that most web series are geared to a niche audience.

JustMe
JustMe

What’s “all these” web shows? This is only the 2nd one. It was born out of CC being unsure that she could continue the first one. And she makes them to tell a story that gay fans of her last story on Guiding Light can relate to. Why is that distasteful? I’m straight and I love CC’s lesbian characters. Gay or straight, it’s a love story! #LoveIsLove

joyce
joyce

That is so true Love is Love.Crystal is a amazing person.And how do you get it is distasteful.She is playing a character.

RationalityPlease
RationalityPlease

Personally, I find homophobia extremely distasteful. I would have greater pity for those of you who suffer from that dreadful disorder if your disease didn’t cause so much terrible harm to others. I do sincerely hope you find healing, nonetheless.

Winona
Winona

Just a question …

Aren’t Chappell and Leccia a couple on Chappell’s other web series, VENICE, THE SERIES? If so, how is this pairing going to be any different?

Pepper
Pepper

Probably the same way that their characters on Venice are different from Olivia and Natalia from GL, because they are written as different people. When Revolutionary Road came out with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starring together as a couple in a period drama, did you ask how it would be any different from Titanic?

JustMe
JustMe

They’re married in this one, don’t have as much money, and are dealing with feuding families.

anothercc
anothercc

I am soo ready to see more of the “The Grove” story. Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia and the entire cast and crew are all AMAZING talents. I know they will rock this show !!! Can’t wait to watch !!! GO CC !!!

nnn2u
nnn2u

These are entirely different characters, different writers, some different/additional producers and a different story than on Venice. There is an amazing amount of talent in front of and behind the camera on this pilot and I can’t wait to see it on my screen.

sandra / @dggrfan
sandra / @dggrfan

I was lucky enough to help out @ the filming & watching it in person was really really cool!…I took some awesome behind the scenes pictures…

Great, great web series! hope someone picks it up!

Robert Woods & the whole cast were FANTASTIC!

Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie

Loved the promo….Looking forward to seeing this….

RationalityPlease
RationalityPlease

Looking forward to The Grove!

Angel
Angel

I can not wait to see the Grove with Crystal and Jessica. They are great together. Bring on the Grove!

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One of the actresses to appear in both the network and online version was Daytime Emmy winning actress Cady McClain, who became soap-famous for her role as Dixie Cooney Martin and together with Michael E. Knight, became one of soaps all-time popular duos as Tad and Dixie.

While so many miss All My Children every single day and the indelible characters created by the late, great Agnes Nixon, McClain took to her Instagram on Sunday to relate what the soap opera meant to her in her life.

Here is what Cady shared along with a cover of Soap Opera Digest featuring Michael Knight and herself as Tad and Dixie: “Today I am celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “All My Children”! I started on the show when I had just turned 19 in the fall of 1988. I worked as a contract player thru 1996. I was back in the fall of 1997 again under contract and worked through 2001. That’s roughly 13 years. Then I came back for a year in 2006, then for a couple months in 2012. Then I did the internet version for six weeks and then… the show was done.

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Turns out that Goutman is now working over at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts as an assistant professor and academic director.

During their banter on the talk show, Kelly revealed that Goutman directed the screen-test that landed Mark Consuelos the role of Mateo on All My Children, and thus how Ripa met her real-live enduring lovematch.

Ripa explained that Michael was waiting for a sign as to which college to go to as he liked most of the places he saw.  Then came the sign as Ripa explained to Seacrest: “We’re walking down the hallway and I hear a voice I know say, ‘Consuelos!’ “He turns around and I see Chris Goutman, who was our director at All My Children … I worked with him for 11 years.”

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The main focus in the series is the lives of the astronauts and the personal and professional relationships they encounter. For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.

Branson is fondly remembered in soapland for his performances as Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless, Jonathan Randall on All My Children, and Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light.

For All Mankind is created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.

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Then let us know, would you love to see Jeff back on the soaps? Will you be checking out the new streaming service featuring For All Mankind and check out Jeff’s performances? Comment below.

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