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Crystal Chappell & Michael Sabatino's New Web Series, The Grove Launches Its Website!

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Photo Credit: Lesley Bohm

The next exciting web series from producer,writer and daytime favorite, Crystal Chappell, and her Open Book Production company is getting closer to its first season of production!  The Grove, created by Crystal and her husband, Michael Sabatino has launched its website this past week, which details next steps for the series and gives fans and colleagues an inside look at the cast of characters, the backdrop of the story, and an incoming merchandise store!

In a special message from Crystal and Michael on the site, it reads:  “We are so excited to be up and running in pre-production for The Grove The Series!  We have an amazing writer, Paul Barber (21 Jump Street, Cagney and Lacey), working on the 45 minute pilot episode that we plan to shoot in mid-June with some of your favorite daytime actors!We will be revealing who these beautiful people are very soon.  The G Spot, our store, will be up and functioning soon with fun merchandize and, as always, the revenue go towards the production. We would love your ideas on what you would like to see in the store. Edible chaps? LOL.

Also, as we roll out OUR cast picks, we would love to know who YOU would like to see visit The Grove. There are always folks rolling through. Shooting on the Central Coast of California, we will bring some of the natural beauty we get to live with every day.  Groovin’ in the Grove,  Michael and Crystal”

Check out the characters here, and let us know who you would like to see on the series, and if you are excited about its premise!

Leave a comment | 19 Comments


  1. Peggy

    April 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

    YES! YES! Oh, YES!

  2. Perla

    April 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Fantastic news can’t wait to see it.

  3. JustSaying

    April 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    How many web series is she in? I’m just asking because if she can find all this work in web series, then it must be more profitable than being on a soap opera.

    What sponsorship/ financing are her shows getting? Really now.

    • barbara t

      April 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Good question.I would like to know ,why couldnt pp get the financing to go on line with one life to live and all my children,There seems to be a lot of soaps on the web.

  4. Blake

    April 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Awesome! Good for CC and Michael!

  5. gabster1

    April 23, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I’m looking more forward to The Grove than V4 if that’s possible. Sounds fantastic, especially since our girls are starting off solid together. All their problems are from outside the relationship, not within it.

  6. junebuggnc

    April 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Can’t wait! It will be great to see CC bring another character to life, not to mention to see some of our favorite daytime stars that we have been missing!!!

  7. brothasoap

    April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Sarah Brown as Lauren, please. 🙂

    • barbara t

      April 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      UH OH ,there’s going to be a tug of war ,who will get Sarah brown?we want her on general hospital to,this is going to get very interesting.

  8. pam

    April 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    any thing crystal does will be great

  9. Bell

    August 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I would like to see molly burnett come in

  10. Tamale Encjilada

    August 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Margaret Colin needs to visit the Grove!

  11. Marlene Tinker

    August 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I agree with Bell, I would love to see Molly Burnett as part of this series as well. I have grown to love what she has done with the character of Melanie on Days and think that she would be a lively addition to the Grove. Can’t wait to for the return of Venice season 4. Congrats Crystal and Michael, best wishes to you both.

  12. Wendy Stupp

    September 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Add Ron Moss to your cast! He will be missed on day time TV! Especially by me….

  13. Kathy

    October 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    FInally… I’ve missed you all!!!!

  14. Dayna miller

    October 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I would like to see Farah Fath (?) on the show!!! So excited!!!! Also maybe Chrishell I don’t know her last name from AMC? Love her 2!!

  15. Virginia bemba

    November 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I love you Crystal, just i waiting for the grove.

  16. Rosa Committee

    November 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I can’t wait to see The Grove!

  17. Brian yonezaki

    September 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    aloha christall chappall
    I am a fan of yours.
    can you send me a picture. of you

    Aloha christal
    brian Yonezaki

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OLTL Alum Renee Elise Goldsberry On Performing Her Showstopper “Satisfied” In ‘Hamilton’ Premiering On Disney+ Today

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Watch a clip of Renee’s performance in the film version of Hamilton below.

Now, let us know if you are planning to watch the highly-anticipated Hamilton over the fourth of July weekend via the comment section and if you are excited to see Renee in her award-winning winning in it?

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So, excited to learn Casey’s news that there is a new episode of B&B on the horizon for viewers to see? Comment below.

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Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

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While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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