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

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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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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

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

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!!!

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.

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.

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 a series. AMAZING value for moeny anf can;t wait for Season 3!

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.

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

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. Yes The Colonel mailing the letter was the most poignant moment of the episode. The Colonel and Gina were an amazing story to watch unfold all season. What a masterclass in acting from Crystal and Jordan. In Ep11 I thought there were hits and misses with Nadia’s performance in the final scene but give her props for being so raw. But she did a really good job in the mirror scene of conveying shame for what she did and fear of losing the only thing she has left. Look forward to S3 and I agree with your picking Venice as best web soap of 2010. As a Venice fan I thank you for your support.

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.

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!

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.

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, the last 3 episodes of season 2.Great was about time more people see it.

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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In a beautiful photo of Kennedy with her mom and dad via Instagram, Lamon shared: “Blessings on blessings on blessings on blessings. #Blessed  @monicamartinphotography”

Terry added,“My princess. Kennedy Archey. You are my everything. I pray I am everything you want me to be in a mama. I never thought I’d love so deeply the way I love you, baby-cakes. I’ll forever be your guide, protector, and nurturer.”

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Lamon and Krissy were married back on March 25th of this year.

Send your well-wishes for Lamon, Krissy and new little bundle of joy, Kennedy via the comment section below.

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While Lilley explained in interviews with the press, that she gave the series a 3 to 4 week window of time she would be available to reprise the role, she noted the long-running soap opera wrote more episodes and story for the character; thus the part will be turned over to another actress for the next leg of Theresa’s return story.

Meanwhile, through the years, Lilley came under fire over her run on DAYS being a devout Christian, and taking on the role of the troublemaking Theresa.  She fired back in one interview, “Why should I play a role like this,’ you know? That’s been something I’ve been asked over and over again, by Christians, like,‘How can you be a Christian and play this role?’ And the truth of the matter is that from a human perspective, Theresa’s kind of a horrible person, but from a God perspective, she’s exactly who Christ came and died for.”

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With her final episode streaming on Peacock on Friday, September 22nd, Lilley took to her Instagram to share her sentiments on her Salem journey over the years.

Jen shared: “Last week of me exploring this girl’s shenanigans on screen. Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan off and on for the last 10 years has taught me so much about empathy and grace. I have enjoyed every moment of her hilarious sass and ferocity, layered with brokenness. To the cast and crew at @dayspeacock, I love you forever. You’re my family. And to the best fans a girl could ask or hope for: remember there is no pit so deep you could ever find yourself in where God’s love cannot find you still. You are never beyond redemption. You are called by grace and marked with love. Thank you for supporting me on this decade long journey. #Days #RIPJohnAniston #ripvictorkiriakis #DOOL”

No word yet if in the future, and with Lilley’s busy filming schedule (once the SAG-AFTRA and writers strikes are resolved) for Great American Family movies and other projects, if she would be available to return to DAYS should the show decide to write for the character.

So, are you sad to see Jen exit the canvas as Theresa? Curious just who and how will take over her role? There have been plenty of online rumors that a certain actress currently on the show is taking over the part. Comment below.

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DAYS started its run in its new home on September 12th, 2022, and now one-year later, Peacock helped the show celebrate its first anniversary in its current streaming digs with an ice cream truck outside its studios in Burbank on Monday.

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Check out some of the snaps from the ice cream truck fun below!

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Mary Beth Evans, who shared on social media she used to serve up ice cream at one time in her life, took a pic inside the ice cream truck with Stephen Nichols. Seems “Stayla” likes ice cream too!

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Here’s the signage from Peacock upon sending the ice cream truck to DAYS.

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So, what do you think about Peacock sending the ice cream truck to DAYS to mark the occasion of its move to the streaming service? Are you glad DAYS is still moving forward on the streamer, even though a year later it’s not on or coming back to network TV? Comment below.

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