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VENICE THE SERIES Season 5 Bows With First Episode & Reminds Us Why It Set The Bar For Web Series!

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Crystal Chappell and her Open Book Productions released this weekend the first episode of the highly-anticipated fifth and final season of the web series that started it all, Venice the Series! 

And Chappell brings with her, for this final set of episodes, a stellar cast that fans of daytime know very well.  It has been a few years since Venice picked up the story in the massive cliffhanger of season 4; which saw Ani (Jessica Leccia) and Lara (Nadia Bjorlin) set to wed, while Gina (Chappell) wanted to stop it.  But in a series of miscues, Gina had sent a letter to Ani professing her feelings, but Ani never received it.  Lara interecepted it, so Gina thought Ani knew of her feelings and chose to move on entirely with Lara.  Cue Season 5 episode 1 …  fans of the series will find out what happens when the truth comes out!

The fifth season of Venice was crowdfunded by many in the series amazing fan base, who have stood with Chappell and her on-screen love interest, Jessica Leccia, since the compelling Otalia storyline on Guiding Light made them household names in the LGBT community.

In season 5 of Venice, Chappell, Leccia, and Bjorlin are joined by: Hillary B. Smith (Guya), Tina Sloan (Katherine) Michael Sabatino (Alan), Shawn Christian (Brandon, Harrison White (Jamie), Wes Ramsey (Van), Jordan Clarke (The Colonel) and now in the role of Logan (originally played by Judi Evans) is Cady McClain (who also shares directing duties with Chappell in season 5), in the role of Richard (originally played by Peter Reckell) is GL favorite Robert Newman, and in the role of Jake (originally played by Christian LeBlanc), Michael Corbett has taken on the role.  Daytime fans remember Corbett as the dastardly David Kimbell on Y&R.

To subscribe to Venice the Series season 5 click here which will take you to the Venice the Series website store, and you will be set for the season.   Crystal Chappell has also now made available the first episode of season five free.  You can watch it below!

One thing is for certain, even with the time away till season five was launched, once you see the first episode of the new season, for production values, musical scores and songs that work so well within the themes of the show, and more, Venice is still at the top of their game.  It reminds us all why Crystal Chappell was groundbreaking and in the front of lines of digital dramas, before they sprouted up everywhere.

Let us know what you thought of episode one of season 5 in the comment section below!

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Venice: the Series has continued to be an incredible web series, and I’m so happy it’s back for its fifth season. It also proves to me that Crystal is meant to be back on daytime television, where she rightfully belongs!

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I have watched and supported Venice since day 1 and after only two episodes in, I can say that season 5 is the best one yet. It’s looks gorgeous, the acting is not overdone, the dialogue is crisp and I can’t get enough. Ms. Chappell has outdone herself.

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Love the episode but the closed captions are way off

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The show was great I enjoyed watching it. Crystal and Jessica are amazing togeether they have so much chemistry.Their talent just shines for the beautiful work that they give us. The rest of the cast are great to watch with so much talent on this show you can’t go wrong. Keep up the good work

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I haven’t watched Venice. I did watch her other series, The Grove. I am glad Crystal and Venice continue to do well. Web series come and go, but Venice appears to be a keeper!

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Blake Berris Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

Next week as MarDevil (Deidre Hall) resurrects sone of the deceased former baddies of Salem, look for Blake Berris to return as Nick Fallon.

Jason47 is reporting the news that Fallon, along with our previously announced return of Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) will be part of the Halloween episode that airs on Monday, November 1st.

Back in May of 2014, Nick was shot three times, once in the back and twice in the chest, and died and it was late revealed that it was Gabi Hernandez who the person who shot him.

In addition, Mike Manning (Ex-Charlie), another former bad boy of Salem tweeted: “Oh, hey Salem”, indicating that Charlie could also be in the mix next week on DAYS.

So excited to see Blake back on DAYS? Comment below.

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Vincent Irizarry Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

There will be a Deimos Kiriakias sighting next week on NBC’s Days of our Lives, and viewers will get to see Daytime Emmy winner, Vincent Irizarry, back in this bad boy role.

In story, MarDevil (Deidre Hall) decides its time to resurrect some of the Salem deceased, and from the looks of it will choose not so nice-ones to wreak a bit of havoc on the residents of the town.

As DAYS fans recall, back in 2017, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) killed Deimos when he set out to drug everyone at a major party with the hallucinogen Halo all in his effort to steal a a valued amulet.

Irizarry confirmed his return via Facebook by simply stating: “Heeeeere’s Deimos! 👿

Now, who else will be stirring up trouble from beyond the grave on Halloween week on Days? Share your thoughts below and if you are excited to see Vincent back in Salem for the spookiest time of the year!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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