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EXCLUSIVE: Crystal Chappell Signs On to Play Lead in New Web Series, "The Team"!

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Fantastic and exclusive news today, Crystal Chappell fans!  The Daytime Emmy winner and creator and star of the hit web soap, Venice is tackling a brand new role on the web! Chappell has just signed on to play the lead in The Team!  The Team is a brand new dramatic web series written by Emily Hummel of Cedar Box Productions, and being filmed entirely on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Crystal will play the lead in the series, Payton Kelly!  Payton is a former police detective who is now working with an unlikely team of high operative agents who lend their various skills to solve crimes and provide protection for the friends and families of those who protect the U.S.

Casting is continuing for the other major roles in the series, and several daytime favorites are being seriously considered.   We hear The Team plans to launch in the fall with seven to ten webisodes for season one.  We will have more on The Team in the weeks and months ahead.

So what do you think of Crystal’s new role?  Let us know!

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Sooo Happy for CC !!! She will be awesome in this lead role as Payton Kelly … Can’t wait to watch !!!

congratulation sweet haert I’am so happy for crystal chappell she is the most talent’s actrice in the world

I luv the idea of Crystal being a cop. Can totally understand her taking on the role it take’s away the pressure of being all things that she has to be for Venice & the soon to be The Grove. Look forward to seeing it.

that is great news!!!! Ms.Chappeell, is such a gifted actresss. I will be watching!!!

I am very happy. I just tweeted CC the other day asking her if she is missing not acting as much. This multi-talented lady & outstanding human being deserves all the goodness in the world. She makes other actors bring their “A” game in scenes with her, a master class. I am sure CC will find time to create & shoot more of her own webseries. Love her. Hugs

Woohoo I cant wait to see Crystal Chappell on the new web series. Congratulations.

If there is a love interest for Payton Kelly/ Crystal Chappell Peter Reckell would be my choice.

It sounds great! Break a leg Crystal!

Sorry but I have ZERO interest in a web series of this kind. I can still watch (and enjoy) Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS LA, CSI, Bones, etc on prime time television. I have no interest or desire to see a web series in the same genre or format. This web series sounds very dull! The only way I watch any web series is if they have unique stories, and premises that I can’t watch already on daytime/primetime television. Count me out for this nonsense that will join the gazillion other boring web series out there.

Woohooo!!! Way to go CC! ..so happy for you and can’t wait to watch it!..xo

Looking forward to a new web series with Crystal Chappell — miss seeing her on TV but this is the next best thing!

Congrats to CC! Sounds like a very different role for her and I can’t wait to see the brilliance she brings to it. Looking forward to seeing the show.

Great news CC congrats. I’ll be watching can’t wait. Bring it Payton Kelly !

Congrats Crystal! I hope it will be an awesome experience!

Awesome news….

I think it is a great opportunity and Crystal Chappell is a perfect fit and talent to branch out in leader role… can’t wait to see her bite some craw fish heads off in Louisiana!!

Congratulations Crystal,… Payton Kelly… Wow great!! can’t wait to Watch !!

Woohoo! More opportunities for us to enjoy Crystal’s awesome talents!!!!!!

This is fantastic news! As someone who has followed Crystal’s career for over 20 years, beginning with her first run on Days in the 90’s, I can say that she is one of the most talented and versatile actresses around. Yay for the creators of The Team bein smart enough to snatch her up for the lead role 🙂 Looking very forward to having another vehicle to see CC’s abilities in the forefront. Huge congrats 🙂 Tess

I will be watching and hoping for the success of this new Web Series.

This is awesome news, I’m really excited to see more of Crystal, with all the talent that woman has, she deserves as much screentime as humanly possible 🙂

Exciting news, Crystal’s a born lead actress and we fans can never get enough of watching this talented woman.Can’t wait …. Payton !!

Crystal Chappell is one of the most talented actors in the business. Have watched her now for 3-4 years on daytime and her talent for acting is in another league. I think you all have made a wise move! I will be watching.

wow thats great news ! Good luck CC your the greatest ! looking forward to watching this new show. I can definatly see CC playing a cop

I’m very excited for Crystal Chappell & us fans! She’s an amazingly talented actress! She is missed on TV, so I’m glad we get to see her More via the web. Love… the ideal of her playing a cop! Can’t wait for The Team to debut! Woohoo! Weee…

I would watch anything with Crystal Chappell in it. Awesome actress and beautiful . You go girl!

Yay! Can’t wait to see Crystal in this new role. Congrats, CC!

Two words: HELL YEAH! I can’t wait to see CC kick butt in this show. I hope her character has an accent too.

Congratulations Crystal ! I can’t wait to watch !!

Awesome, the other i was thinking how would it be seeing CC play as a cop. So happy for her new role she’s a great actress.

Yay! Crystal will be awesome as a cop. She is badass! She is such a great actress that I hope they give her good talent to work with. Can’t wait!

Wow, can’t wait to see it. Congrats to Crystal and the executive producers.

Love all things CC. Will definitely be watching!

Congratulations Crystal can’t wait to see you,lot’s of luck .

Glad to hear about people working but CC is a VASTLY overrated actress.

WOW! Exciting news to say the least! Congrats CC! Wonder if Payton will run into any of those True Blood vamps in Shreveport? Or Sookie? Hmm! Hehe!

I’m so EXCITED that Crystal is going to be in a new webseries and is playing a police officer. Whatever Crystal plays in, I’ll run to it and support it!

So excited about this – I can’t wait to watch! Sounds like and amazing role for CC!

Well, it’s about D–N time a series took an interest in the talented Crystal Chappell!! She’s a wonderful actress and will be an incredible asset to the show. I’m certain she will continue to entertain and inspire the viewing audience with her realistic portrayals of the human experience.

Sounds interesting. I’ll watch and hopefully it’ll be well written enough to keep my interest. I do love CC so I’m happy she’s working on other projects and not just Venice (which I do watch and love) I hope that this doesn’t delay another season of that show.

Wow, I would definitely watch Olivia Spencer in action once again. I really miss Guiding Light and loved her in the role. Hope all goes well for her and this new venture.

So happy for Crystal! She deserves this and she will totally rock this! I can not wait to see on this new series. Congratulations, Crystal!

Wonderful news…….. Congratulation to you Crystal, you will rock this new series

i love anything crystal chappell does. looking forward to seeing her do this.

Love me some CC. After GL went off the air, Venice was a total blessing for me. I look forward to it every year and am sad when it is over for the year. CC U Rock!!!

Woo Hoo!!!! I’m so excited for “The Team”!!! Congratulations to those cast (and those to be cast), it’s going to be a raving success! Emily, the producer is amazing as well.

The Team needs some financial help, or it won’t happen. Tristan Rogers and David A. Gregory are also a part of this production. Please check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theteamwebtv

I had a love hate relayionship with CC with her role on gl. I really hated to c gl leave but I am glad tp c her come back!!!

Woot! So excited! I miss Crystal Chappell on dayitme. finally someone is using this extraordinary talent!

WOW, here we go again…you can handle a gun, and just when you thought you may get a minute or two to breathe without thinking, guess again…
show ’em what it’s really all about babe, keep your ‘Emmy winning bad self’ out front where we can see you. speaking of, have a blast at the Daytime Emmys…W*I*N*, W*I*N, W*I*N…lovin’ you! ☮♡☺xo▽♀♀✩ツ♫

Great news for Crystal and all her fans.

It’s absolutely a brilliant role for Crystal Chappell. I’m super excited for this!! Way to go and congrats, Crystal!

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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