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"Venice" closes out season two with a stunning finale!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

For those who watched online yesterday the premiere of the season finale webisode of Venice, it did not disappoint! Creators, Crystal Chappell and Kim Turrisi certainly left us “cliffhanged” and wanting to see and know more from the complex and beautiful characters that make up the canvas of Venice.

From the moment when Jordan Clarke as Gina’s dad (The Colonel), takes matters into his own hands to help Gina (Chappell) profess her love to Ani by mailing the key letter she wrote in the last episode, we were hooked.   What a moment to see, that The Colonel truly cares for his daughter!  Then, the exceptional performance by Nadia Bjorlin whose unhinged Lara falls apart after seeing how her actions left Ani’s face bruise and battered.

It was also great to see Gina Tognoni as Sami, and Galen Gering as Owen, have some major obstacles to climb with their untimely split, and the cutaway to a manipulative and gloating Van! And finally, what is up with Liz Keifer’s desperate woman who keeps stalking or haunting Guya? As we see at the end, it’s all about those fingernails!  The final moments of the season finale left us in awe!

As we head into 2011, congrats to Team Venice for an incredible job at bringing this brilliant piece of storytelling to audiences worldwide.  We can’t wait for season three!  So, when is it? 🙂

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Karen
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Karen

Agree with everything you said Michael. Crystal & Kimmy sure wrote a compelling season. It was on par with a lot of mainstream programmes. I soooooooo cannot wait for season3. Bravo Team V xo

nnn2u
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nnn2u

You forgot to mention the restrained yet utterly devastating performance by Jessica Leccia.

Kelly
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Kelly

Loved Venice finale. Going to have serious withdraws next Wednesday! The cast is AMAZING! Venice really showcases thier talent and shows a range we don’t get to see on Daytime. I’m invested in the stories. Crystal and Kim are brilliant storytellers the writing is superb and keep us wanting more. Can’t wait till Season 3!!!

Haayhowu
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Haayhowu

VenicetheSeries is a terrific show. Hoping it comes back sooner rather than later with the cliffhangers dangling & the possibilities of more great stories. I think Gina Tognoni and Galen Gering gave some of their performances. Hillary B. Smith and Elizabeth Keifer play off each other like the acting pros they are. So worth the small subscriber fee and we’re even introduced to great new musical artists. Of course, Crystal Chappell, Nadja Borling, Jessica Leccia, Harrison White and the rest of the cast are awesome.

Waverly
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Waverly

Damn Crystal and Kim! How are we ever going to wait for season 3 with that cliffhanger? Congrats on this fabulous show that just gets better as it goes. I loved the new additions to the cast as well as delving deeper into the lives of characters from season one. Thank you so much to everyone involved and to Michael for your perfect wrap up.

Michelle Marie
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Michelle Marie

Michael, agree with you re Nadia but I have to say that when you are complemented by the beautiful subtle power of Jesica’s acting that – agreeing with the earlier comment – leaves such an emotional riptide without realising it, it’s no wonder. I also have to say that Gina Tognino’s acting in the finale really took me – for the first time with her character, That’s maybe because she was front and centre in that trio today and not secondary/tertiary as she has been in every other episode. What creative growth adn development in such a short time for… Read more »

J
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J

Seriously, it’s time you guys started acknowledging Jessica Leccia’s subtle more powerful work here, the mirror scene worked because of her stunning performance.

Anne-Marie
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Anne-Marie

Simply put, Venice ROCKS!!!! I cannot wait to see what comes our way when Season 3 hits cyberspace….

Dani Austin
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Dani Austin

Thanks for the shout out to Venice Michael. Crystal taking over creative control and the head writing duties was the best Executive Producer decision she made. What a difference a year makes. More cohesive storytelling, more interesting stories and more balanced and complex characters. Thanks for giving props to Gina T. in this episode. This was really a fantastic performance by her, subtle but very moving. Galen’s Owen looked dumbfounded after realizing what he had done and Van the schemer reveling in what he accomplished was a great scene. Hillary and Liz were great and scary at the same time.… Read more »

giftofamber
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giftofamber

Liz Keifer and Hillary B Smith will definitely keep me coming back for more. They’re my newest ship. Their performance was spectacular. Crystal’s really starting to make me care about Gina. Venice has vastly improved over the first season, and I’m sure season three will be even better. My only frustration: that we saw so little of Tina Sloan.

Sarah
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Sarah

I agree with those who are praising Jessica’s beautifully subtle and poignant portrayal of Ani, not only in the season finale, but all season long. Her brand of understated acting is breathtakingly real and true, not to mention mesmerizing. I look forward to more great things from her in season 3.

The stories between the Colonel and Gina, and Guya and Amber were most definitely my favorites. So compelling and stunningly performed. Each and every scene they had together were master-classes of acting. This is casting genius and writing brilliance, making must see viewing!

phyl
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phyl

i might have to check out Venice for myself, if anything to see JL do some good acting. i’ve never been impressed by JL’s performances on the daytime soaps. imo, her deliveries lack flow and her lines are always too short and too mundane.

on the other hand, CC, Hillary B. Smith and Liz Keifer have always given amazing performances in daytime so i’m assuming they’re doing great work on Venice.

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Thanks for the recognition of NB’s amazing talent.It was about time..not too soon..she did an excellent job through the entire series,season 1 and 2.But her performances were ,perfect,impeccable,faultless..in the last 3 episodes of season 2.Great actress..it was about time more people see it.

perla
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perla

JL was tremendous in both season. Have to say she is a great actress the way she delivers everything she is a star. LK and HBS, these ladies did also an awesome job this season, NB was excellent wow what a differnce compared to Dool.
To bad Mr. Fairman that you didn’t mention JL for her wonderful acting.
Thank you for everything

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DAYS Brandon Barash On Stefan’s Resurrection: “You’ll See Some Revenge, Corporate Takeovers, Losing a Memory … Maybe Gaining of Memories”

Dr. Rolf is at it again on Days of our Lives! While Jake DiMera has met his maker, apparently his twin brother, Stefan O DiMera is coming back to life.  That sets the stage for Brandon Barash to reprise his original DAYS role.

In a brand new interview with his on-screen brother, Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) on the Days of our Lives You Tube Channel, Barash talks on what viewers can expect once Stefan is completely back in action, and how he feels about taking on the darker twin once again.

Brandon teased: “You’ll see some revenge, corporate takeovers, losing a memory … maybe gaining of memories.”  With Stefan back in the DiMera mix, look for the two brothers to not always see eye-to-eye. Barashs shared that they’ll be, “Butting heads for sure”.

Meanwhile, will Stefan and his true love, Gabi (Camila Banus) reunite once she knows he is alive? Barash weighs-in on that and more ‘burning’ questions.

You can check out the chat below.

Now, let us know, are you glad that Stefan O DiMera is back on the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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BREAKING NEWS: Days of our Lives Ending Its Run on NBC, Moving to Peacock Starting in September

In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Brandan Barash Shares Reaction to Jake’s Death on Days of our Lives: “It Was Fun Getting To Know You”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jake (Brandon Barash) met his untimely demise, when he was shot by a mugger.  Thus, signaling what would seem to be the end of the line for the character.

However, on today’s episode of the NBC soap opera, Jake visited a grieving Ava (Tamara Braun), so perhaps there is more than a ‘ghost of a chance’ that Barash is sticking around.

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As previewed exclusively last month during our virtual interview with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati …the Salem scribe revealed there would be another death in Salem, following the murder of Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller), and the character would be ‘dead-dead’.

However, speculation is running wild that with the return of Dr. Rolf, that perhaps Jake will be resurrected … or Barash will once again play Jake’s twin, Stefan O. DiMera!

On Instagram, Barash had some fun with Jake’s demise with comparison side-by-side photos – one of which features Barash as Jake covered in blood, and reading the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

Barash captioned his pic: “How it started/how it’s going. #ripjake It was fun getting to know you. 🙏🥃”

So, what do you think about DAYS killing Jake? Do you think Brandon will be sticking around Salem? If so, as who? Comment below.

 

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