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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!”

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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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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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