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WATCH: Venice Season Four Premiere Episode! What Was Your Reaction?

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Crystal Chappell has just released the first episode of season four of Venice! The highly-anticipated web series favorite has finally returned and if the first installment is any indication, it is going to be a bumpy and dramatic season!

The story picks-up after the startling season three cliffhanger when Owen (Galen Gering) is stabbed by Sami, and The Colonel (Jordan Clarke) happens upon the scene!  And if you recall in season three, there was the question of The Colonel not being Owen’s bio-dad! Will that part of the story be part of season four?  Only time will tell!    What happens in the season four premiere is shocking and emotional one for all the characters in Owen’s life, but none more than his sister, Gina (Crystal Chappell).

And as the premiere unfolds, we learn if Ani (Jessica Leccia) said “yes” to Lara’s  (Nadia Bjorlin)marriage proposal?  In addition, how will Gina cope when she learns the daughter she gave away many years ago has resurfaced?

But at the centerpiece of Venice is the undying love story and emotional bond between Gina and Ani, and in the opener, you see the pull these two have for each other at full strength much to the chagrin of Lara!  Crystal Chappell delivers a beautiful performance in the first installment that proves once again, she is one of the best actresses out there!

Venice, whose themes range from their same-sex love story, and the afterlife, continues on that path with some surprising twists and turns in the season opener including: a crime scene investigation, and Guya (Hillary B. Smith) feeling the presence of those who have passed on!  And be on the lookout for Christian LeBlanc’s turn as Ani’s brother and Michael Sabatino as Alan, as when these two are on the canvas, the rest of the Venice cast of characters better watch their backs!

Now watch the season four premiere episode of Venice, and let us know what was your reaction?  Were you shocked? What did you think of Crystal Chappell’s performance?  Comment below!

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Holy Cow! I can hardly wait to see how the rest of the sseason pans out!

Well, I was impressed with the episode and the performance of all the actors present; Crystal Chappell and Judi Evans’ especially. Robert Newman easily and smoothly stepped into Peter Reckell’s shoes as Richard yet without trying to be exactly like Peter; I was impressed with that too. I feel this season of Venice will contain far more angst than the previous seasons and I congratulate Crystal Chappell for a job well done.

OMG!!!!!!! It was definitely worth the wait. I don’t want to spoil anything but I have to say I sooooo loved the Owen scenes. Is it next Wednesday yet?!?!?!?!?

Put the camera on a tripod for god’s sake. The lighting was awful. I don’t usually care about those things with a web series. But it was so darn distracting.

Interesting seeing all the different soap characters. If your into lesbians I’m sure it would be good. Can’t tell if there’s to much plastic surgery or not enough? The filming is good. The heaven scene was lame.

The comment about the plastic surgery was uncalled for and cruel. And what’s really lame are the spelling mistakes in your comment.

I loved the heaven scene. It injected some humor into a very serious episode.

WOW what a show. Cudos for Crystal, cast and crew. I have already watched several times to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. So ready for the next episode. Broke my heart when Guya wakes up and ask for Owen to return and then Ani in Gina’s arms. What a great show. Can’t wait to see what is next.

I have not watched the episdoe as yet but reading the comments the anticipation is killing me…I cannot wait to get home and watch…….

Just one question why did GH not do everything in the world to get Robert Newman to play Julian Jerome? Gosh how I miss that man!

I liked the dramatic potential of Owen’s death but HATED the heaven scenes. I loved the moments between Gina & Ani. The overall tone of the show is different this season and not for the better. Poor lighting, terrible music (except the song at the end), it just didn’t feel as high quality as Venice usually does.

This show is on fire. Great performances by all. Chystal is fabulous. Lookig forward to all the happenings..

Great start, I can’t wait for part 2.

I have to say, episode 2 is soooo much better. It’s too bad it’s not the freeby because I think it would reel in more potential viewers. There’s a snazzy new opening. It is a very compelling, cohesive episode with none of that heaven nonsense.

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One Life to Live Alum Jonathan Groff Wins First Tony Award For ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

Finally, in his third Tony Award nomination, the multi-talented Jonathan Groff, was named the Tony winner in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the 77th annual Tony Awards broadcast on CBS.

In one of the hotly contested categories of the night, Groff bested Brody Grant for The Outsiders, Dorian Harewood for The Notebook, Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses, and Oscar and Olivier Award winner Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.

Many thought Groff should have won a Tony back in 2007 for his performance in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, but ‘Merrily’ was the ticket to victory.

One Life to Live fans may remember Groff played the teenager Henry Mackler back in 2007, in what was to be a long arc of a storyline involving a school shooting, but his role as cut short after 11 episodes, due to the real-life Virginia Tech school shooting in April of 2007.

Delivering the most emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech Tony night, Jonathan began. “I grew up in a house surrounded by cornfields in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was raised by my parents, Jim and Julie Groff, and my brother David, and the three of them were sitting right there. Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three. Thank you for letting me act out scenes from I Love Lucy on my 10th birthday. Thank you for always allowing my freak flag to fly without ever making me feel weird about it.”

He added, “Even if they didn’t always understand me “my family knew the lifesaving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment. I walked through life with an open heart because you let me know that I could. Thank you to all of my teachers back in Pennsylvania, especially Sue Fisher, who told me I could do this for a living.”

Speaking to how Broadway has impacted his life, Groff further teared-up and expressed, “I moved to New York exactly 20 years ago this year and I got a job waiting tables and became a volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. All I wanted was to be a part of this community. A thank you to everyone involved in Spring Awakening who not only made that dream come true, but also inspired me to come out of the closet when I was 23. I’m now 39 and musical theater is still saving my soul.”

“Maria Friedman, thank you for letting me be your Franklin Shepherd in this production of Merrily and allowing me the chance to accept respect and express both the lightest and darkest parts of myself,” Groff continued. “Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, you are more than old friends, you are soul mates, and I’m looking forward to watching each other change for the rest of our lives. Thank you to every member of the extraordinary cast for lifting this Merrily into the spiritual stratosphere.”

Groff concluded with, “And finally, I just want to say that when I was a kid in Pennsylvania, I used to record the Tony Awards on a VHS tape and watch the performances over and over again. And to actually be able to be a part of making theater in this city and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible, incredible community, has been the greatest gift and pleasure of my life. I thank you and thank you so much for this honor.”

So were you happy to see Jonathan Groff win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical? What did you think of his acceptance speech? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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Jonah Robinson Joins the Cast of Days of our Lives as Dr. Mark Greene

If you caught last Wednesday’s June 12th episode of Days of our Lives, a new doctor came running into Horton Town Square shirtless; much to the delight and then eventual chagrin of Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

Enter actor Jonah Robinson who is now on the Peacock streaming soap opera in the recurring role of Dr. Mark Greene. We meet Mark when Leo tries to hit on him, only to have Mark clarify to Leo he is straight, shocking Leo that his gaydar could have been so off.

Later, Mark is at University Hospital and stepping in for Chanel’s (Raven Bowens) doctor who was called away for the day and he assures Chanel and Johnny (Carson Boatman) that their unborn baby has a strong heartbeat, and at the moment is doing fine.

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During the conversation, Mark reveals he is the big brother to his little sister, Felicity (Kennedy Garcia), with whom Chanel loves when she comes to the bake shop.  There was also a little ‘wink-wink’ moment, when Johnny recalls that the doctor on the hit NBC medical drama, ER, was named Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), to which Salem’s Mark Greene, says he was named after.

Taking to his Instagram, Robinson shared, “Meet Dr. Mark Greene. So excited to be joining @dayspeacock. It’s an honor to be @kennedyjean04 @louis_tomeo ‘s big brother.”

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So, it looks like there are 3 Greene siblings.  Will we eventually meet the parents?

Before Days of our Lives, Jonah was seen on Peacock’s Daisy Jones and the Six, and has appeared in independent movies and musical theatre productions throughout his career.

Do you hope DAYS expands Jonah’s role as the Greene family becomes more entrenched in story? What are you first impressions? Comment below.

 

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