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Crystal Chappell talks "Venice" Ani/Gina preview & her first time writing!

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In a great chitchat with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco in his Soapgeist column out today, Venice star Crystal Chappell, discusses the success of season two of her web series, and gives us a sneak peek into season three, in particular the next steps in the Ani/Gina relationship.  As indicated by the number of Soap Opera Spirit Award nominations, Venice’s writing team ( Chappell and partner, Kim Turrisi) was really one of the key ingredients that made this must-see soap viewing no matter whether on broadcast television or the Internet.  Simply put, riveting story, great production values and an extraordinary cast made Venice season two, quite the stunner.

Here are a few excerpts below from the interview with Crystal!

Chappell on the next beat in the Ani/Gina pairing and not working that much with Jessica Leccia (Ani) in season two:   “You’ll be seeing a lot more of Gina and Ani in Season 3. Here’s a sneak peek: You’re going to see how they met in Season 3 and their journey. Yes, I am being selfish — I’m giving myself some more Jessie! It really felt like … you don’t want to get to the end result too soon. I felt like with Lara we had a viable triangle that could carry us for quite some time. I really wanted to heal Gina. She had to soften her edges in Season 2 and the only way we could do that was through The Colonel. I really like Ani and Lara; I think they’re beautiful together and I love their chemistry. And now all these real-life issues have popped up: Ani has these body issues despite how beautiful she is [and Lara has a drinking problem].”

Chappell on the success of her first foray into writing with Venice: “I never really sat down to write anything before. If I have a passion for something, it’s acting and directing. I would like to become a better director. I’m hoping I can do that in Season 3. Listen, writing is new to me; I just wanted to flesh out the characters and make them relatable and equal. Having worked in daytime for 20 years helped; all I wanted to do was entertain the audience but you just never know if people think something is stupid or if they’ll like something. Certainly, the supernatural aspect was [a risk], but having Guya be psychic and ‘smell people,’ I didn’t think that story would be too far of a reach. You just hope it works but you never know.  I wrote it (Venice season two) in five days.”

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Heart Crystal!! Can’t wait to read more of Nelson’s interview in SoapGeist!


Oh my goodness, I’m a sucker for “first time” stories. First meeting, first kiss, first love makin’, first fight.. Not that I expect to see every first but even the first meeting and the first kiss would be enough. Those are usually what I usually watch over and over again, with any couple I like. And I love Gina & Ani. I remember being a little “aww shucks” at the beginning because I thought we’d never get to see their first slow, hesitant kiss. 🙂 Sorry I’m babbling, just got excited.


I totally CANNOT wait for Season 3 of Venice!!! So looking forward to watching Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia telling a great story…


Anne-Marie, I hear you girl!!! I just finished Season 2 today and I so can not wait to see Season 3!!!!

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DAYS Preview – Week of March 25, 2019

The action in Salem this week picks up as Diana’s (Judith Chapman) jig is up, and she is ready to lower the boom on Leo (Greg Rikaart) who must face a major fallout when he learns if John (Drake Hogestyn) is truly his bio-dad … or not.  Then, look for Leo to still mess with Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), even though Sonny has annulment papers ready for him to sign.

Elsewhere, Brady (Eric Martsolf) is back to his old ways, when he threatens to expose Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) kiss to Rex (Kyle Lowder), unless he helps him get Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) away from Stefan (Brandon Barash), now that he sees a possibility of a romance with is ex.   Brady thinks he is doing this to keep Chloe safe, but once again, it pits brother vs. brother and that never ends well.

Then, when Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) lands in the hospital, it’s Ciara (Victoria Konefal) who tends to his wounds, and the two move close to a reconciliation as the heat is definitely turned up when these two are in each other’s orbit.  Check out more teasers below and this week DAYS promo from NBC below.

Then, let us know what storypoint are you looking forward to seeing the most via the comment section below.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Leo receives devastating news.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Brady puts the screws to Eric.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Gabi and Stefan share an unexpected kiss.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Eve and Claire set a plan into motion to expose Haley.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Jordan reveals a shocking secret to Rafe.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019

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If you missed Wednesday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman‘s sixth annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations special, you can listen to the replay of the episode right here!

To kick-off the 46th Daytime Emmy Award season, Soap Nation Live! welcomed several of the just announced nominees (the nominations were revealed earlier in the day on CBS’ The Talk) in the major daytime drama performer categories to get their reactions, and thoughts on going for gold at the upcoming May 5th ceremony.  In this two-hour plus lively and entertaining podcast that was originally live-streamed, you can hear the excitement and joy from the actors and their support of one another and their work in the daytime community as they celebrate their nomination.

Joining Michael in-studio was his very special co-host, Days of our Lives, Arianne Zucker (Nicole), as well as NATAS’ SR VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels.  In addition, former DAYS star, Shawn Christian (Ex-Daniel) was in-studio with the trio, and often popped on to the mic and bantered with some of his longtime pals who received Emmy accolades.

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During the broadcast Michael, Arianne, and David chatted with many of our favorite soap stars who shared publicly for the first time what scenes they submitted that earned them a nomination from their peers, and more.

Emmy-nominated guests included: Outstanding Lead Actress nominees: Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Marci Miller (Ex-Abigail, DAYS), Outstanding Lead Actor nominees: Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R). Billy Flynn (Ex-Chad, DAYS), and Tyler Christopher (Ex-Stefan, DAYS), Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees: Max Gail (Mike, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Leo, DAYS), and Bryton James (Devon, Y&R), Outstanding Supporting Actress nominees: Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R) and Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), and Outstanding Younger Actress nominees: Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle, GH).

During the live broadcast, listeners were able to ask questions of our guests, or co-hosts.  At the end of the episode, one lucky caller won our “Game Show Daytime Emmy Trivia” and received 2 VIP tickers to the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, “Teals Got Talent” in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation featuring GH stars: Michael Easton, John J. York, Lynn Herring, Kathleen Gati and former GH favorite, Rebecca Budig.  In addition, the lucky caller won 2 tickets to the fan seats at the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies in Pasadena, California on May 5th.

And …  if you are interested in attending this year’s 46th annual Daytime Emmys in the fan seats, here is where you can also purchase your tickets.

Now below, settle in and press play and listen to our replay of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman’s Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019.   Then let us know, what was your favorite part of the broadcast via the comment section below.

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LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019

Tonight on Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman,we celebrate the just announced 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations with our sixth annual broadcast.

Join Michael and his in-studio co-host Days of our Lives‘ Arianne Zucker (Nicole) for our 90 minute plus Daytime Emmy Nominations spectacular as we chat it up with some of the actors who will be going for gold on Emmy night on Sunday, May 5th.

Arianne and Michael will be joined by NATAS Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels who will be on hand to offer commentary on the Emmy voting and more.

Listen in as we welcome nominees: Tyler Christopher, Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Marci Miller, Maura West, Laura Wright, Chloe Lanier, Billy Flynn, Brytin James, Eric Martsolf, Martha Madison and many more!

Make sure to also listen for our Daytime Emmy trivia game show segment, when two callesr can win a pair of VIP tickets to the upcoming Coastal Entertainment,”Teals Got Talent”; the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, this time in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation,

To call-in and share your thoughts on the nominations of who got in, and who was snubbed and more, or to pose a question or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130

This special live-stream begins at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to Soap Nation’s Live official show page at  if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

If you are tuning in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime.  We hope you enjoy the show.

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