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Crystal Chappell Talks Beacon Hill & Freedom On The Web For Same-Sex Love Stories!

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Crystal Chappell’s highly-anticipated new web series Beacon Hill will debut on March 5th, and for the first time she talks about the all-star soap project which also stars soap notables: Sarah Brown, Alicia Minshew, Ron Raines, Melissa Archer, John-Paul Lavoisier, Ricky Paull Goldin, Louise Sorel and Tina Sloan among others!

The backdrop of the series is Massachusetts and the world of politics, but there is a lesbian love-story also at the center of it and this time it’s not Chappell who is one of the participants in the romantic love story, but Brown and Minshew!  Crystal plays the mother of Alicia Minshew’s,  and the daughter of a Senator with a lot of secrets that will unravel during the upcoming episodes!

TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan spoke with Chappell about the new series and how she has made a success out of showing more romance, more sex for same-sex couples on soaps on the web!   Here is an excerpt below!

Crystal on how it feels to be able to show in more graphic details same-sex love, than once upon a time on Guiding Light during the Otalia days:  “You know what? It feels perfectly natural. What was unnatural is what we went through at GL. It felt like such a lie for Olivia and Natalia not to be able to express their love for each other. To try to tell that story without being able to touch or kiss was crazy. So this is just great! When it comes to LGBTQ issues, things are changing, moving forward, but we still have quite a ways to go. I really believe that projects like Venice and Beacon Hill help make a difference. And I love that we don’t have to deal with any censors, no suits in a tower saying that two women can only kiss on the cheek, or that they can’t look at each other for too long because America can’t handle it. And that freedom makes the work much more authentic. This was Sarah Brown’s first girl kiss, which was very exciting for all of us! After we filmed her first kissing scene, we were all going, “Yaaaaay!” And Sarah is an actress who has no fear. She was all about getting that first kiss out of the way, and then there was no stopping her!”

For more on Beacon Hill the Series visit the shows website here!  Now, what do you think about what Crystal had to say about the progression and what is being able to be shown on the web with same-sex love stories?  Are you intrigued by Beacon Hill?   Let us know!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I agree with Crystal. While I feel the daytime community is slowly becoming comfortable with same-gender storylines, they’re still not okay with the sexual/affectionate side of those relationships. And web serials help bring that to the forefront; you don’t have the restriction of doing what you want to do. I hope in the future it’s OK for these couples to be seen having sex whenever they like, like heterosexual couples get to do all too often.

Love that this is set in Boston, and cannot wait to see Sarah Joy Brown dominate her acting skills once again!

Ingreenmts
Ingreenmts

Having gone through those painful moments of GL with Crystal, I have to say this woman has hit the nail on the head. She sees a very hungry audience who want their life portrayed realistically on the screen. In addition, she recognizes this is a fairly untapped area of possibilities with financial backing to support it. I thank Crystal for her willingness to take on what the shirts thought was “taboo”. I for one will continue to support her as I have since she was originally on Days. You are an incredible woman Crystal.

joyce
joyce

I love all the work Crystal Chappell is doing for the gays &lesbians. She is a inspiration to all of us. I have watched all of Crystal’s webseries she is so Amazing at everything from producing&director&Acting.

Perla
Perla

Great interview, i just can’t wait to follow this story. It’s interesting and the cast is awesome.

anothercc
anothercc

Thank you for the awesome article ! Crystal Chappell is an amazing actress and a brilliant producer. Her webseries are off the charts. That being said, I’ll follow her anywhere !

RJS
RJS

Sorry to ask a foolish question, but how can you watch Beacon Hill? I am from Boston and would love to see this. Walk around Beacon Hill many a days. 🙂

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I believe it’ll be like Venice. Go to their website (linked in article) and keep with the updates.

heidi
heidi

Can’t wait… great cast… awesome city… what looks to be great characters and hopefully interesting stories!

Siobhan
Siobhan

I think this sounds good and I love the cast but I’m not a fan of Crystal’s webseries so far. I’ve watched both Venice and The Grove and just found them lacking in story or maybe I’m just not into the story she’s trying to tell, not sure. But I’ll give this one a go if the first episode is free and grabs me. I think at the moment there’s so many free webseries wanting viewers and some are really good so I hope the first episode of Beacon Hill is great.

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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