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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!

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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!

Lilia
Lilia

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.

Crystal
Crystal

Love the episode but the closed captions are way off

Barb
Barb

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

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

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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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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TODAY: Ron Carlivati’s Dad Appears on DAYS

Be on the lookout on Friday’s October 18th episode of Days of our Lives for one of the shows “superfans” who pops in Salem.  That is when the father of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati appears as an extra on the NBC soap opera.

Carlivati Sr., who is very proud of his son, looks to be donning a medical lab coat as a physician in a photo shared on social media along with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), one of Salem’s most busy and most respected doctors.

Ron told SOD about his dad appearing on the show that he writes: “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with Days of our Lives. He does not miss it.”

As to how his dad became an extra for the day: “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted.”

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Make sure to check out today’s episode of Days of our Lives for this fun moment with Ron’s dad! Comment below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Talks Stabi’s Heartbreaking Love Story; Matthew Ashford Melissa Reeves Chat On JnJ Reunion On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

In the latest can’t miss ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives‘ podcast, two major interviews are the focus of the episode.  First, Camila Banus who had been turning in bravura performances as Gabi, discusses with host. Michael Fairman, her reaction to finding out that Brandon Barash (Stefan) was being killed-off the NBC soap opera, now that Gabi’s love, Stefan is brain-dead.

The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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To listen to the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem’ download it now on iTunes here, or head on over to NBC.com/Inside Salem.

So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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