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

Photo Credit: Lesley Bohm

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!

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Peggy
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Peggy

YES! YES! Oh, YES!

Perla
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Perla

Fantastic news can’t wait to see it.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

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
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barbara t

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.

Blake
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Blake

Awesome! Good for CC and Michael!

gabster1
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gabster1

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.

junebuggnc
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junebuggnc

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!!!

brothasoap
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brothasoap

Sarah Brown as Lauren, please. 🙂

barbara t
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barbara t

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.

pam
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pam

any thing crystal does will be great

Bell
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Bell

I would like to see molly burnett come in

Tamale Encjilada
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Tamale Encjilada

Margaret Colin needs to visit the Grove!

Marlene Tinker
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Marlene Tinker

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.

Wendy Stupp
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Wendy Stupp

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

Kathy
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Kathy

FInally… I’ve missed you all!!!!

Dayna miller
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Dayna miller

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!!

Virginia bemba
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Virginia bemba

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

Rosa Committee
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Rosa Committee

I can’t wait to see The Grove!

Brian yonezaki
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Brian yonezaki

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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Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Colton Underwood Shares More Details on His Decision to Come Out Including Being Blackmailed

Last month, Colton Underwood came out publicly in a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

The former lead of ‘The Bachelor’, Underwood’s announcement was met with some harsh criticism since he was already prepping a reality show about it for Netflix.

However, in a new feature with Variety, Colton shares what finally led him to reveal his truth: “I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed. Nobody knows I was blackmailed.”

In his conversation, Underwood shared that while in LA he visited a spa known for a gay clientele.  Shortly thereafter, he received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have taken nude photos of him at the venue. Underwood never saw the alleged photos and explains he was at the spa “just to look,” saying he “should have never been there.”

The unidentified blackmailer threatened to “out” him in the press, and in a panic, Underwood forwarded the email to his publicist, which forced him to finally have an honest conversation about his sexual orientation, and a reckoning, of sorts.

Adding to all of this, Underwood’s relationship with his ex Cassie Randolph has also been under fire, where in court documents she filed a restraining order, alleging that he stalked her and placed a tracking device on her car.

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Due to a joint agreement with Randolph, Underwood is limited in what he can say to the press. But in the interview with Variety, he shared he wants to clear the air, because he’s seen the word “abuse” attached to previous reports on their relationship situation.  Colton expressed, “I did not physically touch or physically abuse Cassie in any way, shape or form.”

Randolph broke up with Underwood he shares, and that he was in “such a dark place” because he knew that this would be his last straight relationship and the reality hit him hard.  Underwood clarified: “If there was anything I could do to take more ownership, I would. But also, out of respect to her, I don’t want to get into the details. I want this interview to be the last time I address her, because it’s not fair for her to have her name in articles every time I talk. I’m sorry, and I want her to know that I hope she has the best, most beautiful life.”

As far as if Colton feels ABC should discuss having a gay season of The Bachelor, or if he would come back to appear as its lead, he would only say: “I think they should discuss it.  It should be a conversation. I don’t like speaking in definitives, but I’m not in a position to be in a show like that. I’m at a crossroads in my life right now.”

Watch a portion of the interview below with Colton and Variety below.  Then share your thoughts on how Underwood decided to come out via the comment section and his plans for the near-future.

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Ellen DeGeneres to End Her Talk Show After Its 19 Season

Ellen DeGeneres informed her staff yesterday that she has made the decision to end her talk show after its upcoming 19th season.  She will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on the May 13th episode of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her decision to step away.

In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ellen shared: “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

The show’s end comes on the heels of all of the turmoil last summer when several former and current employees accused Ellen of fostering a toxic work environment.  As well, several key producers were let-go as a result.

 

When speaking with THR, DeGeneres said of last summer’s revelations and accusations against her: “It was four solid months. And you have to understand, in that time, someone got into our house and robbed us and I lost four animals — three cats and a dog died. It was a tsunami. When it started, with that stupid ‘someone couldn’t look me in the eye’ or whatever the first thing was, it’s like a crest of a wave. Like, ‘This isn’t going to be that big of a wave.’ And then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it was out of control. And I really, honestly, felt like, ‘I don’t deserve this. I don’t need this. I know who I am. I’m a good person.’  And I was sitting back going, ‘If I was someone watching this, I would think, ‘Well, there must be some truth to it because it’s not stopping.’ Of course they’re going to believe this because I’m not addressing it because I was told not to and you can imagine what that felt like. And it’s a lot to live up to. I started saying “be kind to one another” because I really believe people should be kind to one another and so it was easy clickbait to say, ‘Oh, the be kind lady isn’t so kind.’ … I am kind, I’m also a woman and I’m a boss.”

Earlier this morning, The Daily Mall UK reported that Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Brothers, were expected to make an announcement that she will end her talk show after the 2021-2022 season.  According to their sources, DeGeneres told her team she “has had enough and told her team that she’s done.”

It should be noted that the The Ellen DeGeneres Show has seen a steady decline in the ratings as well.  The ratings for total households from February 2020 to February 2021 were down 40% in New York City and Chicago; and in Los Angeles it lost 59%.

Ellen’s talk show has produced over 3,000 episodes.

So, what do you think of Ellen deciding to conclude her talk show? Comment below.

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WEDNESDAY: Y&R’s Cait Fairbanks Guest Stars on ‘The Goldbergs’

On tomorrow night’s May 12th episode of the hit ABC comedy series, The Goldbergs, be on the lookout for a very familiar face from Genoa City.

That’s because The Young and the Restless Cait Fairbanks (Tessa) will guest start on the episode entitled “Alligator Schwartz” playing the role of Paula Hogan.

The episode airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT.

 

In story: Erica fears that Geoff has moved on from their breakup and started dating someone else. Meanwhile, Adam decides to find Dave Kim a date to prom, once he remembers his pact with Dave that they won’t go to prom if they both don’t have dates.

So will you be watching for Cait on The Goldbergs? Comment below.

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