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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)
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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!

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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.

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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
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Perla

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

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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
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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)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

heidi
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heidi

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

Siobhan
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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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All My Children Alums to Appear in E!’s New Series, ‘Reunion Road Trip’

All My Children is having a bit of a renaissance of late. First with the previously announced primetime series in development, Pine Valley, and now a new series on E! Entertainment Television.

Coming up on the June 10th episode, which kicks-off the new show, Reunion Road Trip, several of your favorites from AMC are part of the first episode.

Look for Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), and Jacob Young (Ex-JR) along with Alicia Minshew (Ex- Debbi Morgan (Ex-Angie), Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse), to appear.

According to EW.com, who broke the news, viewers can look for Budig, LaRue, Mathison, Young, to come together at an exclusive Hollywood mansion to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary where they get some surprise visitors in the form of Minshew, Morgan, Ripa, and Williams.

Reunion Road Trip airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT with other episodes to feature the former casts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, A Different World and Scrubs.

So, looking forward to seeing the Pine Valley crew on Reunion Road Trip? Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Finn Wittrock To Headline ‘Green Lantern’

From Pine Valley to the DC Universe! Now comes word that former All My Children star, Finn Wittrock (Ex-Damon Miller) will take on the role of Guy Gardner/Green Latern on the upcoming HBO Max series, Green Lantern from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Brothers Television.

According to Deadline who dropped the casting news, Wittrock’s Guy Gardner/Green Lantern is “a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.”

In the premise of the series, Green Lantern reinvents the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner (Wittrock) and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.”

Previously, Finn received Emmy nominations for his work on American Horror Story: Freak Show and for Versace: American Crime Story.

So what do you think of Finn’s new role? Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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