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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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KelseyUSA
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KelseyUSA

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

KateL
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KateL

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.

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Anne-Marie

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

Donna
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Donna

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 Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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Victoria Konefal Will Be Back On Days of our Lives

This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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