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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)
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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
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Vanessa

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

Blake
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Blake

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

Jill
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Jill

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

Pepper
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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
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Pepper

Comprised even.

Sam
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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
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RationalityPlease

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

Maryann Kulbus
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Maryann Kulbus

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

Tricia
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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
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jamie

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

Caroldee
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Caroldee

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

PJ
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PJ

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

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

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

susan M.
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susan M.

No comment……..

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Looking forward to watching!

Joyce
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Joyce

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

ashlee
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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
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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… Read more »

JustMe
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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JustMe

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

anothercc
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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
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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
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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
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Anne-Marie

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

RationalityPlease
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RationalityPlease

Looking forward to The Grove!

Angel
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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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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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