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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!

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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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Soap Alums: Helgenberger, Bonilla, and Ilonzeh Cast in New Drama Pilot ‘Getaway’

Three very familiar faces to daytime fans have their new potentially new nighttime gig!  E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe, Guiding Light) has been added as as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh (Ex-Maya, GH) along with former Ryan’s Hope favorite Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siohan) to the NBC drama pilot, Getaway.

In Getaway, the loglines for the series read that the proposed seriescenters on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.

According to Deadline: Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (played by Matt Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Jasmine Mathew), but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.  Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.

So, what do you think of the concept for this new drama pilot for NBC and the cast? Comment below.

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Chrishell Stause and Her ‘Selling Sunset’ Boss Jason Oppenheim Make Relationship Instagram Official

There’s a new man in soap veteran and Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause’s life.  And it is … none other than her boss at the Oppenheim Group, a real estate company, in Los Angeles which is at the epicenter of the Netflix reality series.

Stause who is also a real estate agent at the firm, made her relationship with Jason Oppenheim Instagram official when she posted a pic of the two of them while the cast of Selling Sunset were in Italy.

Oppenheim told PEOPLE: “Chrishell and I became close friends and it has developed into an amazing relationship. I care about her deeply and we are very happy together.”

Previously Stause was married to This is Us star, Justin Hartley and following their divorce, was briefly dating Dancing with the Stars pro dancer, Keo Motsepe.

So, what do you think of the love connection between Chrishell and Jason? Comment below.

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‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ Remake Lands at TBS

Another soap opera gets a reboot, and as we previously reported this one is starring former Schitt’s Creek star, Emily Hampshire.

The remake is of the satirical, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ,that developed quite the cult-following back in the 70’s and was a look into American media and consumer culture which starred Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman. In the original, Mary was a small-town Ohio housewife who reacted to the bizarre goings on all around her. The cast also included Greg Mullavey, Dody Goodman, Norman Alden and Mary Kay Place.

In the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the loglines reveal it’s: “about a small-town woman who feels like a nobody in every aspect of her life until she suddenly becomes a ‘verified[ social media somebody after her nervous breakdown goes viral.”

According to Variety, “After being shopped by Sony Pictures TV to buyers this spring, the project has landed at TBS.”  That means that it will be in development for the cable outlet.

In addition, it was a welcome birthday present for its creator, the iconic Norman Lear who is celebrating his 99th birthday.

Hampshire not only will star as “Mary” but she will also serve as an executive producer and will co-write the script with Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny).

So, do you like the concept of the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? Did you watch the original version? Comment below.

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