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Venice Season Three Kick-off Party – Photo Gallery!

Photo Credit: MFSOAPS, inc

Photo Credit: MFSOAPS, inc.

On-Air On-Soaps was invited and attended a very special Venice season three kick-off party with many of the stars and behind-the-scenes folks who make Venice the incredible Daytime Award winning web drama that is it.  And none more so than the show’s fearless leader, Crystal Chappell, who gathered the troupes for some tequila tasting from one of the season’s new sponsors.

While cavorting and having a good time, the cast got down to some business for you, the fans of Venice! With pens in one hand, and some of the cutest little shot glasses in soapdom in their other hand, Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, Shawn Christian, Peter Reckell, Molly Burnett, Harrison White and Michelle N. Carter autographed special Venice Logo T-shirts in charcoal and in white! The items that will be available for the first time starting tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at 1PM PST only at the Venice the Series website V-Shop! We can also tell you that besides the new Venice shot glasses, there are new autographed mouse pads as well.  So be on the lookout.

Now, view our fun photo gallery from the evening and get a preview of the new Venice swag, and make sure to come back to On-Air On-Soaps later this week for a very special interview with Crystal with a preview of season three of Venice and other exciting news!

*Remember, when viewing the photo gallery below, click the “NEXT GROUP” button to the right of the + sign to see more images, or you can just view as a slideshow.

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Photo Credit: MF SOAPS, Inc.

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Chrissie
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Chrissie

I’m not sure how I feel about Molly possibly joining Venice. I like her, but if she will play Gina’s secret child w/Richard as has been rumored, that is just a big turn-off to me. I wish Jessica and the other East Coasters had been able to sign stuff, too, before it all went up on the site. Venice is beginning to feel more and more like DOOL.

Dani
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Dani

Cool and thanks for the pics Michael. CC is business savvy and smart and I am sure will have an East Coast signing. Not sure what the few ppl whining expect? Should she fly the East Coasters in for this? Besides that can be taken care of when they are filming in September. DOOL sucks but Venice has brought out the best in GG and NB. I look forward to Molly joining no matter what the character.

Pepper
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Pepper

Saying that you wish something is whining? Wow, then I’ve been whining every year on my birthday, when I blow out the candles. CC didn’t have to fly out the east coasters, just drop a box of t-shirts off at FedEx addressed to JL or HBS. They could have gotten the east coasters together for an hour, signed the stuff and sent it back in time for the Vshop relaunch. To her credit, CC obviously realized that, since she said in her last blog that she was sending stuff for the east coast cast to sign. Better late than never,… Read more »

VAl
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VAl

#FreeAni

Annihilator
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Annihilator

I don’t watch Days of our Lives. I have never been interested in that soap. So I don’t really have much interest in the Days of our Lives actors on Venice. I’m very excited about season 3 of Venice only because of Jessica Leccia. I love Jessica’s portrayal of Ani Martin. I hope Jessica Leccia will be more involved in the promotions of season 3 of Venice as I think she’s Venice’s biggest asset (and MVP). I will wait to buy signed merchandise when items from Jessica Leccia and the East coast actors become available.

Ellen
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Ellen

I agree. I am sure Molly is lovely but if she is the love child, it is the end of Venice for me (and by reading comments elsewhere) many, many others. Hopefully CC truly understands who her base is for Venice. No offense to anyone but the majority of those watching are from the Otalia base and not the Carbo base.

aa
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aa

I also dread the love child. I miss the eas coasters. This gift to Otalia fans is starting to feel more like a second DOOL for carbo fans.

Sunshine
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Sunshine

Don’t have a problem with Molly B. joining but like Chrissie hoping its not to play Gina and Richards love child.She’s whiny because she wants east coast cast members to be included more than last year….yeah sorry…CC had to know peeps would want JL,HBS.GT,TS and LK sign merch. as well.

tigger_too
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tigger_too

I’m looking forward to Gina and Ani’s journey….the Colonel…Guya and Katie…also hope we get more Michelle and Jamie scenes. Team JL/Giani

Dani
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Dani

Guess we will have to wait to see what Molly’s role is then those who be “finished with Venice” can make their decision then. CC was not just one half of the popular Otalia but one half of the super couple that was Bo and Carly. That was a very vocal fan base that supported her DOOL stint. Before Otalia aka the sexless love story there was Bo and Carly.

Pepper
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Pepper

And I’m sure they will. It was a vocal fanbase, but not a large one and also, Otalia fans supported her Days stint, as well. I don’t know what exactly your point is with your last line and honestly I don’t know what it has to do with Venice the Series. You know the series that was created for Otalia fans who had to endure the ‘sexless love story’ and was supported in every way by Otalia fans. If CC wants to do the same for her Carbo supporters, I say go for it. She’s a very generous person in… Read more »

Sheri greenblatt
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Sheri greenblatt

i am just looking forward to galen gering anything he will do is fine with me

venicefan
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venicefan

I see the lynch mob is already starting to form for crystal,and she hasn’t even filmed an episode,lol.And the leccia fanatics are getting lined up to join the mob if leccia isn’t made the star of venice,lol.Poor crystal everyone loves her as long as she does everything they demand,don’t do something the mob wants just once and the mob wants to lynch her. her.Must feel like season one all over again for crystal lol.

Pepper
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Pepper

Hey olddoolfan/gldoolfan/realitycheck/JimJames. Still blaming those ‘leccia fanatics’ for everything I see,lol. I bet they’re the reason for all those crazy storms that have been happening across the US,lol. I bet Jessica’s fans feel like it’s youtube all over again. #Loveislouder

tigger_too
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tigger_too

If wanting JL autograph merch makes someone a Leccia fanatic…then i’m a fanactic and proud of it.JL fanbase is no different than any of the other cast members fanbase who want to see they’re favorite with a big storyline or some autograph V gear.So when Carbo or any other fanbase voice they’re opinion they’re being vocal but when Otalia/JL fans do their being fanactics….we’re just being vocal.As far as a sexless couple as someone said (and only proves Carbo fans got more closure than otaliafans)Otalia was a very powerful storyline that formed a family,fanfic and boards and after two years… Read more »

fan2
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fan2

I hardly believe there is a lynch mob forming nor do I believe it is about making Jessica a star. I realize it is hard to keep the fans completely happy given cast are on opposite coasts of the U.S. and since Crystal is on the West coast of course it is easier to have gatherings with and merchandise autographed by those out West. There is a fanbase for those actors on the East coast and those fans can be quite vocal. There is nothing wrong with that and I am quite sure Crystal has developed a thick skin by… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

I personally think we are very lucky to be able to buy anything signed at all. How many shows do this? Not many if any i know of so i think we should all feel very lucky that Crystal is giving the personal touch to the merchandise and people have to understand that it isn’t always possible to have everyone in the same place at the same time. Again remember these actors are not being paid alot for this show so it is a labour of love and we need to appreciate what they are giving us out of the… Read more »

crystalmollypeterfan
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crystalmollypeterfan

I can’t wait to see what crystal has in store for us in v 3.Personally i love everyone acting in venice.They have great chemistry and it comes out in the show.I reallly hope their is a secret child story with crystal ,peter and molly.Crystal will do it right im sure.This will be a real treat for all the fans of carly mel and bo.I like the way crystal is drawing in other fan bases,its good for venice.

Pepper
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Pepper

It is good to draw in other fan bases, no doubt, but not at the expense of a fan base you already have. What’s the point of drawing in new viewers, if you lose just as many or even more? Of course, all of this is speculation and has not been confirmed or denied, which is what I think most people, with concerns, would like to find out. A simple yes or no would end everything right here, so I hope Mr. Fairman will be able to shed some light in his new interview with CC. As Otalia fans know,… Read more »

Annihilator
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Annihilator

Of course it would be hard to get the east coast and west coast actors together at the same time. However there were numerous ways that Crystal and her team could have gotten signed merchandise from Jessica Leccia and the other east coast actors before the re-opening of the VShop. Crystal and her team could have easily sent Venice merchandise to NYC and had the actors sign it weeks or months ago. I’m sure Crystal and her team know that Jessica as well as the other east coast actors are also very popular with the Venice audience. A lot of… Read more »

Anne-Marie
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Anne-Marie

I do believe Crystal Chappell intends to get some merchandise signed by her East Coast castmates at some point in the future…All I know is that I am looking forward to Season 3 and finding out where they story is going to go

CCfan
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CCfan

My issue with the whole Molly “may” be playing a long lost child, is just that I feel CC has been swayed from her vision for Venice and what we Otalia fans were originally promised. CC did say that Gina had ALWAYS known she was gay and was very vocal in the show being different. I have absolutely no problem with CC creating a webseries for the Carbo fans but I do find it ridiculous that she would even attempt to please both fanbases, it just can’t be done. If the rumor is true, I will be disappointed. I doubt… Read more »

Paula
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Paula

I’m a huge fan of Otalia and Gina & Ani & CC & JL individually. I love how Galen & Nadia plays their part. They are more relax in Venice then they are on DOOL. I’m sure Molly will be too. CC is a great writer and she proved it by winning. I know CC will not disappoint ANY of her fans. She DOES listen to her fans. I’m so looking forward to V3 and hope we see more of Gina & Ani together. BTW – great items in VShop!

jtliteshines
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jtliteshines

Great pics, thanks Michael! I also will be waiting to buy any autographed stuff until the east coast crew gets their signatures on the items. For me it is the fact that I was a 20 yr viewer of GL and that was my show. I want Jordan, Jess, Gina, Tina, Liz, and Hilary’s autographs. They are the main reason I watch along with CC of course. I have watched Days off and on over the years and for the last two years now but I don’t have the connection to DOOL or its actors like I did with GL.… Read more »

mine
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mine

I’m not a Carbo fan, nor do I see Venice as Otalia .2 I watched GL for many years and Olivia Spencer was my fav. When the Otalia story first started I didn’t think it would work. But then it was told so well at first, I found myself planning my day around watching it. I trust Crystal enough that I feel V3 will be great. I also can’t wait to see what happens with Van and Owen. To me this show is about more then just Gina and Ani. I wouldn’t mind seeing a love child, or whatever happens… Read more »

ProudJLFan
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ProudJLFan

It is fascinating the extremes some people jump to. I’m not sure how waiting for merchandise to be signed by JL and/or other east coast cast members equals “whining” or “getting lined up for a lynch mob”. Not everyone has deep pockets. Not everyone can afford to buy 2 of every item. Some folks may need to wait until they can get everything they want in the item before purchasing so that they get the most out of their money. Aren’t a lot of purchases made that way? When you buy a computer, don’t you try to get everything you… Read more »

JCF
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JCF

Geez, there’s a distressing amount of hostility and suspicion on this thread. 🙁 I *love* CC, JL, and the GiAni love story on Venice. I’ve grown to respect MollyB as an actor, and am looking forward to her contribution on Venice—no matter WHO she plays. If PeterR’s presence gets more people to tune into Venice, then I say the more the merrier (he’s obviously NOT the focus of the story, however. I don’t know why anyone would either expect/fear he would be). I’m mainly just excited for Venice Season 3! If there’s an upgrade on S3, the way there was… Read more »

Ruby
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Ruby

I’m not a fan of DOOL’s Melanie Layton “BUT” if Crystal brings out great performances from Molly like the ones from Nadia, I’m ok with Molly joining the cast.

Shodanfan
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Shodanfan

I am an Otalia fan who is looking forward to season three of Venice. I also don’t see what the big deal is if Gina had a secret love child from years back. Not everyone is a “gold star lesbian”. I know plenty of women who knew they were gay but still had relationships with men for various different reasons before they finally came out. Even though it’s still hard coming out, it’s a lot easier than it was even twenty years ago. I look forward to seeing how this story is going to be played out. I’m sure it… Read more »

Kalface
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Kalface

Wow, chill people. Not one episode has even been FILMED yet and people are already threatening to not watch. This is what annoys me about the human race…if I don’t get what I want, I’m done with it. Priorities. And to seriously worry enough about a Web show to get upset over it is kinda ridiculous. If that’s the worst thing that happens in your world is a character on a show has a child from when she was with men, then you have a pretty good god damn life. I lost my mother to cancer just recently….now that’s something… Read more »

Chrissie
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Chrissie

It’s not all about Jessica, but when Venice has been promoting Gina/Ani as a couple as the ‘super couple’, then Crystal needs to include her in the signings, etc. Things that showcase both of them (like the mousepad) should have both of their signatures or not any of them. I am not saying I will not buy any of the merchandise ever (as I just bought 4 things from the store including the mousepad mind you), I am just saying I want things with the whole cast. And, regards to the whole lesbian thing. Yes, it’s common to have lesbians… Read more »

Kalface
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Kalface

My point being, it hasn’t even been FILMED yet – do we know this as a fact? Second point – I’m just glad there’s a show about lesbians …period… thank god for that. I choose to be grateful and not hateful.

sunshine
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sunshine

May I ask how is Chrissie being hateful by expressing her feelings on a storyline that may or may not happen? She’s giving her opinion.Although I don’t agree with not subscribing it’s her choice.If CC does decide to go with Gina/Richard love child will I not subsribe…No because like you i’m thankful for a lesbian storyline.Will I voice my dislike of the storyline…yes. I agree with Chrissie there is so many other ways they could have created drama for Gina.

Kalface
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Kalface

The grateful and not hateful wasn’t necessarily for Chrissie, she just happened to reply to my post. Again, I am just grateful that any any any portrayal of lesbians is being created and produced and starring people I WANT TO SEE – regardless of how it goes. Jessica and Crystal being the main ones I wish to see — and I don’t necessarily have to have them together to appreciate a show about lesbians. I do believe that there is some hatefulness posted here regarding the MB character . Don’t subscribe for whatever reason you want, but to threaten to… Read more »

aa
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aa

You buy multiple ones? Why? That’s not love, that’s obsession.

You aren’t into Venice, you’re personally invested in CC’s success and that reflects in your answers that cannot tolerate criticism and call it childish and narrow-minded.

Dani A.
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Dani A.

LOL, these fangirl posts are so unintentionally funny. As far as the merchandise, JL fangirls will never be satisfied. There are never enough pictures, mentions or scenes. As far as the plot rumors, if they are true then simply do not subscribe to the next season. Simple enough, if you do not like something, do not subscribe.

tigger_too
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tigger_too

Again how are the JL “girls” any different then any other fanbase that tweet write campaign to have more scenes,mentions or pictures.I know cause its not your favorite there’s no difference and no matter how you label us fangirl or fanatic we’re still going to be here to support JL.Just like the CC,SC,NB,PR,MC,HW,TS,GG,GT and HBS fans.I don’t have a problem with dool cast being a part of Venice everyone has a reason they tune into Venice JL happens to be mine.

Pepper
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Pepper

So you’re telling people not to subscribe? Do I have that right? You’re telling people not to subscribe to this series that CC has put so much time and effort into and that is financially dependent on it’s subscribers. You do realize, by telling people not to subscribe, you’re hurting Venice and CC, right? Essentially you’re killing the series. If that’s what you want, then job well done.

Dani A.
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Dani A.

Huh???? Wow, that’s some leap you made there. My statement said if you do not like something than do not watch or purchase it and that is directed at those people who are already freaking out over a possible storyline twist. Save yourself from the aggravation and the rest of us from your whining posts. Wow, so many in the Venice fanbase are some of the whiniest ever. See I did not single out any fangirls there. Geez.

Pepper
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Pepper

So you’re only telling the ‘whiners’ to not subscribe. Okay, but that doesn’t make a difference, you’re still telling potentially paying customers not to subscribe. You’re still driving away business that CC needs to keep her project going. I’m happy to take one for the fangirls, though I still don’t see where giving feedback, that has been asked for by CC on many occasions, including her last blog post, equates to whinning. Everyone who has voiced their concerns, has done so in a polite manner. The only ones being rude or name calling, are the people, who appear to be… Read more »

JL/CC fan
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JL/CC fan

I wonder these people who like to label the JL fans do they go after the CC,NB,SC and PR fans as well when their tweeting and posting on message boards to see these actor/actresses have more scenes are a better storyline on DOOL guess everybody has a little fangirl/fanatic in them.JL and CC are the reason I watch Venice if I don’t like something i’ll simply fast forward through it.Not subsribing as your advising people not to do would only hurt the future of Venice.

iheartleos
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iheartleos

I say it’s time for everyone to purchase a bottle of Tequila Revolucion and then we should toast to a successful Venice Season 3!

PJ
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PJ

I’m with you. Here’s to a successful Season 3 of Venice !

Amazon
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Amazon

Well said, indeed, cheers!!!

cindy
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cindy

If Molly is playing Gina and Richard love child i’m done and not very happy about this so called Carbo crap going on either Venice is about Gina and Ani who we havent even seen together yet carbo had their time

aa
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aa

True enough, Carbo has had their time as a couple twice, sex scenes galore. Otalia never did, Venice was created in large part to rectify that. It was the hook, see kissing in the first minute! But 2 seasons in and not much beyond one kiss has been shown. And now we have a love child and carbo scenes that certainly weren’t the promise of Venice. It concerns me. I want the promotion of the show to involve the east coast crew in particular the defacto co-star. What do we get? DOOL, why would people pay for DOOL when they… Read more »

kelltwomyn
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kelltwomyn

Wow, I was happy to read the article and see the pics (thank you, Michael!) and then I read the comments..good lord. Are some of these comments from grown wo/men? I’m just happy we have the series and I am really looking forward to season 3. Crystal knows how to bring it and JL and the rest of the cast light up the screen. Season 3 will be great! I’m ready to pay for my subscription.

Valerie
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Valerie

I can totally understand if people want to wait to buy after the others have had a chance to sign , but to make it sound like CC is playing favorites seems strange. They will be getting together soon why bother with shipping a bunch of stuff across the country and then back, they would have to send alot to make it worth while. This way it gives them a head start on sales for season 3. About Molly glad she’s on board i don’t waste my time worrying about who she will play. I am a Gina / Ani… Read more »

Days Of Our Lives

Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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