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Laura Wright, Michelle Stafford, and Justin Deas Join Chappell & Company in All-Star Cast of THE GROVE!

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All we can say is “Wow!”  Crystal Chappell’s latest online web series, The Grove announced it’s official cast list last evening and it is filled with some of the biggest and most popular names to ever grace daytime television screens!

From what we can tell, at the series centerpiece will be Chappell and her longtime scene partner, Jessica Leccia, once again in new roles.  Chappell plays Nico and Leccia plays Ivy.   But then come the dueling families and citizens of The Grove  that will also be key and major components of the new web soap.  Yup, look for the Moynihans vs. the Kincaids!

Daytime Emmy winners General Hospital’s Laura Wright, The Young and the Restless  Michelle Stafford, Christian LeBlanc and Beth Maitland, Guiding Light’s Justin Deas and  Jordan Clarke all have key roles!  Add to that, daytime favorites formerly from Days of our Lives Peter Reckell and Nadia Bjorlin, and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Linsey Godrey, plus Venice’s Harrison White and Patrick Killian-White, and you have one talented cast!

To check the official casting announcement, go to the The Grove The Series official facebook page and there will be the reveal of who everyone will play! And for more information on the back-story of The Grove, the characters, and what is to come, visit the series website here!

So, who are you most excited about seeing in The Grove?  Let us know what you think of the casting of the series?

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Cindy
Cindy

You had me with Justin Deas. It just doesn’t get any better than that!!!

Skyla
Skyla

I am so excited about this soap!!! I knew when Ms. CC started to put this together it wouldn’t disappoint. So happy she has Michelle Stafford, Peter Reckell, CLB, Nadia Bjorlin, & Laura Wright all in her cast along with Jessica Leccia… this is going to be fantastic!!!

Danielle
Danielle

incredible cast! very much looking forward to this series. plus, you can’t go wrong with the trio of CC+JL+NB!

susan M.
susan M.

Does this mean Laura Wright is leaving GH????????/ Since she joined the cast The grove…..

SZima
SZima

No

Lisa
Lisa

Laura Wright! 🙂

PJ
PJ

As always, I’m most excited to see CC & JL together. However, this is a great cast they’ve put together.
Thrilled to see Justin Deas on the list! So looking forward to “The Grove”.

Bambu
Bambu

I love Venice so I know I’ll love this also.

susan M.
susan M.

This is a on-line web series correct , is there going to be a fee to watch this????????? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4

susan M.
susan M.

Don’t want to have to pay to see this….If it were OLTL it would be a entirerely different story…………..These aren’t my favorite characters..Didn’t watch Y&R or Guiding Light…………………Or The Days of Our Lives..Not familiar with those soaps…Never watched them …………………………………So I am not sure I will watch this…..

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

There’s only one soap that I would pay for and that’s One life to live.

susan M.
susan M.

So would I.. I have a laptop comp. I was going to watch OLTL if it had come on-line..Pretty nice size screen too..My husband has his other comp. So it wouldn’t have interferred with anything..My own comp. to watch OLTL..That would have been GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gabster1
gabster1

This is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait. Love almost everyone involved, especially CC & JL.

(btw all you one lifers. It’s over. Get over it. We all had to move on from our various cancelled soaps. You can too. I tried to watch it. Gave it 2 months and could not abide it. There is no need to mention it ad nauseam as the standard for excellence all other shows must ascribe to.)

PalmGirl73
PalmGirl73

So excited the Talented Chappell did again! Cant wait for the grove!

Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie

I’m looking forward to more soapy goodness from Chappell and her merry gang….

Scott
Scott

“The Grove” looks incredible. Chappell has always produced quality web series. “Venice: The Series” is fantastic and I suspect this shall be too! I’d pay to watch it!!

Leslie Watson
Leslie Watson

I can not wait to see all of our favorite soap stars back on our screens !!!

Carolyn Kammen
Carolyn Kammen

Ohh nice casting Ms. chappell, this is a life long soap viewers dream come true , wow!! Beth Maitland!!! will be great to see her, and everyone else. Looking forward to it ,

Donna
Donna

So excited to see MS and CLB , and BM , great cast ! Yeah for Michelle Stafford , you don’t need Y&R , but they sure need you! You are on to better things. This is gonna be a great series , can’t wait!

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Staying Put At DAYS As Head Writer

In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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Judith Chapman Dishes On Diana On All-New Episode Of “Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast”

Oh, the mother from hell has certainly come to NBC’s Days of our Lives ,now that it has been revealed that Diana Cooper is in actuality none other than Diana Colville, who shared a romantic past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), and is Leo aka Matthew’s (Greg Rikaart) worst nightmare!

Daytime fan favorite, Judith Chapman is back on Days of our Lives in this delicious new take on Diana, and on the latest installment of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.

During her interview with host Michael Fairman, Judith talks about how she was asked to take on the role, and found herself reunited with her former on-screen son from Y&R, Greg Rikaart.  She also teases what is to come in this twisted mother and son relationship, reveals what it has been like working with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, and talks about her former soap opera roles that included: Natalie Bannon on As the World Turns, Ginny Blake, General Hospital, Charlotte Greer on Ryan’s Hope, Angelica Deveraux on Days and Gloria Fisher Bardwell on Y&R- quite the resume.   When not on TV, Judith can be found in the theatre, where she is currently starring as Tallulah Bankhead in the show, Looped now through February 10th in Palm Springs, California.

Later in the podcast, John Aniston (Victor) stops by Suzanne Rogers  (Maggie) dressing room, where the duo talk about how they work together running scenes, and going through a tape day, and some fun historical anecdotes from Salem, and more.

To get the extended version of this interview with Judith, make sure to download it via iTunes and all major pod platforms.  To listen to the NBC.com version make sure to click here and enjoy.

Let us know what was your favorite part of our chat with Judith and if you are loving her thus far as Diana on DAYS via the comment section below.

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