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Soapside: On Location with the stars of "Venice"!

crystal.jpgCrystal Chappell and her troupe of daytime drama superstars who are set to make the new online web series, Venice an internet phenomenon, are featured in Michael Fairman’s latest edition of his monthly column Soapside: Advocate’s Guide to Daytime. Jessica Leccia, Gina Tognoni, Nadia Bjorlin, Venice writer/producer Kim Turrisi all sat down with Fairman to give their thoughts, insights and previews of their character and the Venice experience.  Some excerpts are below from the upcoming soap which at its center features a lesbian character (Gina, played by Chappell) and the loves and trials of her life.

Chappell on if Venice will feature real love and sex between women. “She will be kissing and touching a woman, and we shot that at sunset. You get a beautiful sunset and sailboat going by, and there is some good hot stuff there …  might be a push up against a wall … did I just slip that in? [Laughs] But then there is real romance. Gina wants love but she does not know how to commit to it.”

Producing partner Turrisi on the message of the new soap . “I think primarily I want people to realize gay people are like straight people. I never say, ‘This is Crystal Chappell, my straight friend,’ and she never defines me either as her gay friend. I just hope that people out there realize there are gay people everywhere and we are just like everybody else. We have the same feelings, joys, tears, laughter, and we sort of want it to be all-inclusive as one world. … which is how I was brought up all my life. I would sort of like for people to see it like that. It’s one world.”

Brandon-Nadia.jpgNadia Bjorlin on how she landed a role on the Chappell series, “It first started because I was stalking her. [Laughs] I thought it was an amazing move on the part of Days. Crystal is just obviously so talented and beautiful and a solid and kind person when you meet her. She has so much going on that she could be a diva, but she is not. So I sort of developed a girl-crush on her.”

Cameron Mathison’s sexy Dr. Dan Cheer ad campaign. Brandon Beemer’s half naked images for good causes, One Life to Live’s KISH preview and review of the same-sex wedding-athon, ATWT’s losing Forbes March and thus another gay character bites the dust, and former cast mate, Michael Park and GH’s Maurice Benard Male “Boffo” Performances of the week are also featured in the new Soapside. Click here for the full column!

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Guiding Light’s Robert Newman Pays Tribute to the Brilliance of Lisa Brown

On Sunday, longtime Guiding Light mainstay, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis), shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page on the death of his former co-star, Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon).

As previously reported, Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from cancer. She portrayed the beloved role of Nola on the CBS soap opera from 1980-1985 and was front and center in many stories which featured Nola’s antics, fantasies, and of course, her love affair with Quint, the late Michael Tylo.

In his message on Brown’s death, Robert Newman expressed: “I was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of the great Lisa Brown. When I first joined the show in 1981, Lisa was pretty much the center of everything. A real whirlwind. Her work with the late Michael Tylo was fantastic. I particularly have fond memories of Nola’s fantasies …Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, etc. I don’t think I was ever a part of those fantasies, but I remember watching them being taped in the studio and she was just amazing.”

Newman goes on to say: “One of my fondest Lisa memories, however, was sitting in the audience at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC watching Lisa head up the cast of 42nd Street with Lee Roy Reams in 1981 or so. It was one of those times when you see a colleague that you know from one genre, Daytime Drama, in an entirely different genre, Musical Comedy, and you are completely surprised and blown away. Again, she was just fantastic in the role and I as a fellow musical comedy performer, I had great, great respect for her. Below is a clip from a television performance of her as Peggy in 42nd Street. Her death at such a young age is a great loss to the daytime community. Love and prayers to her family and friends.”

Michael Fairman TV also shares below the video posted by Robert below, which reminds us of just how multi-talented Lisa was for her fans, the audience, and to all that knew her. On a personal note: “Lisa always performed at the ‘Night of the Daytime Stars’ benefit for AMFAR in New York City during the AIDS pandemic that I created and produced.  It was the annual event held the night before the Daytime Emmys, and she was always willing to lend her support and talents to help others in need.”

Share your thoughts on Robert Newman’s remembrance of Lisa Brown via the comment section.

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Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Share Disagreement with Each Other Over Vaccine Mandate; Will Continue ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal’ Shows In 2022

On the latest episode of their That’s Awesome podcast with Steve and Bradford, released over the Thanksgiving holiday, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Ex-Jason Morgan) took some moments to address how Steve’s decision to not adhere to the ABC and GH Covid-19 vaccine mandate (which caused the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star to be let go from the show) would affect their live shows, podcasts, content moving forward, as well as if it has caused a riff in their friendship.

When addressing listeners of the podcast, Anderson shared the the two would continue on with their projects, but that he disagreed with Burton’s decision to not follow the GH vaccine mandate.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

Steve added: “We usually don’t get into decisive things on the show.  Look, I have a right to believe in what I want, and you have a right to believe in what you want, and that’s what makes this country great and we have never been about division.”  In addition, Steve was clear that he has not agreed to any interviews at this time on the subject of his exit, and that he is already moving on, sharing: “I am just grateful for my time at General Hospital and the people and the friendships I have made there, especially with the fans.  I have had an incredible life. Listen, I’m OK. I’m at peace. I ‘m moving forward and I am excited about it.  Like I said in my video, when one door closes, multiple doors open, and that’s what happened already.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests for interviews that I don’t want to do, because I don’t want division … that’s the bottom line.”

Look for Anderson and Burton to hit the road in 2022 and continue with their successful Stone Cold and the Jackal live comedy show and appearances.

What did you think about how Steve and Bradford addressed their disagreement on the vaccine mandate within the podcast? Will you be seeing Steve and Bradford live if they come to your town in 2022? Comment below.

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Christian LeBlanc Marks 30 Years as Y&R’s Michael Baldwin; Soap Plans Special Episode to Air in January

Three-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Christian LeBlanc, is celebrating today his 30th anniversary in the role of Michael Baldwin.

He began his portrayal of the legal eagle troubled bad boy back on November 26th, 1991. Since that time the character of Michael has evolved into one of the fan favorites in Genoa City.

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The Young and the Restless has revealed that coming in early January 2022, Christian and “Michael Baldwin” will have a special episode dedicated to them to honor the milestone.

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LeBlanc has won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2007, and 2009 for his riveting performances.

Photo: JPI

To make the occasion on Friday, Christian and Y&R celebrated his 30 years with a special look-back video of some of his most memorable moments where LeBlanc provided commentary.  You can check it out below.

Share your congrats to Christian for 30 years on a job well-done on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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