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What did you think of the season three finale of Venice?

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A letter burned beyond recognition, a marriage proposal, an unexpected lip-lock, a daughter in search of her parents, a split personality, a conniving cousin, a woman who is desperately trying to crossover to the afterlife,  a startling revelation and a pool of blood, were all elements of the season three finale posted for the first time to Venice the Series subscribers, yesterday.

If you have not watched the final episode of season three we won’t spoil all the soapy cliffhangers, but needless to say there were some standout moments in particular from Nadia Bjorlin as a drunken and possessive Lara, and Dot-Marie Jones as a single mom who is trying to cope with life after  the death of her late partner, and raise her child who is being bullied in school.

Crystal Chappell who never fails to illustrate to viewers why she is one of the genres greatest treasures, and Jessica Leccia, who is always understated and pure in her acting choices, along with the supporting cast of daytime favorites: Galen Gering, Eric Martsolf, Jordan Clarke, Hillary B. Smith, Peter Reckell, Molly Burnett and Liz Keifer who all provided plenty of drama throughout the finale.

So now we throw the question to you? Did you enjoy the finale?  Were you caught by surprise? Was there any shock and awe moments?  Let us know your thoughts, as we have to now wait till season four to see how this all plays out!

If you want to check out the final episode and the entire season go to the Venice the Series website and subscribe to see the show!

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Anne-Marie
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Anne-Marie

I loved the finale, and thought it was a fantastic ending to a stellar Season 3….. I cannot wait to see how things continue to play out in Season 4!

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

I’ve read the weekly recaps but I’m waiting for the DVD to be released. Watched S1 online, S2 on DVD. I prefer it on my big screen….just have to be a little more patient to get it. Next season I may do both!

imane assi
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imane assi

Loved NB’s acting.Excepional.But so disappointed that they are wasting Lara on Giani.There is so much more to do with this character.Let someone else prop boring Giani.That said,obviously Lara is head over heels i love with Ani.Flawed with issues but madly in love.And Ani is just using her.I hope once Lani break up,Lara won’t waste her time pining for Ani.

imane assi
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imane assi

Loved NB’s acting.Excepional.But so disappointed that they are wasting Lara on Giani.There is so much more to do with this character.Let someone else prop boring Giani.That said,obviously Lara is head over heels i love with Ani.Flawed with issues but madly in love.And Ani is just using her.I hope once Lani break up,Lara won’t waste her time pining for Ani.

Cheryl T.
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Cheryl T.

I loved the finale. As always terrific acting, and writing. Looking forward to Season 4.

Jessi
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Jessi

My heart stopped!!! Like… literally stopped at the end. I was like WOAH WTF%*@&$(@&$ LOL. It was AWESOME! All I gotta say… Is it Season 4 yet???

Lowynjean
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Lowynjean

I thought the finale was great. It set up some good soapy stuff for season 4. I have a lot of sympathy for Lara, but am looking forward for some great romantic gesture from Gina next season to stop Ani from making a mistake and marrying Lara.

Perla
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Perla

This finaly was great and a tease, I just can’t for season 4 to start.
Well the burning of the letter was really like a knife through my heart, the unexpecting kiss between Gina & Stella was really an surprise ( it was a friendly kiss). Amber secret is another revelation, Owen been stabb by his former gf was a suprise a lot of surprises in this finaly. What a way to end S3. I will say Vteam bring on S4 and sooooon please.

toby
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toby

little disappointed, I think there is too many character in the show we dont see enough of our favorite character. The storie of Owen (and I like him) takes to mutch time in every episode.

Ginny
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Ginny

I’m obviously watching something different than most people, because I was hugely disappointed in this season. The simple fact that I haven’t felt compelled to rewatch a single episode tells me this season just fell so flat for me. I felt like so little happened up until the last episode. Giani/Lani just sort of spun around and went no where, the whole Van being a jerk for whatever reason (I’d like a little more motivation than Mommy wasn’t there for him as a kid as to why he’s such an arse) story just kept going on and on, Sami’s sudden… Read more »

Stace
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Stace

A terrible finale to cap a terrible season. I thought there were a couple episodes in the beginning of the season that were decent, but it completely lost its way throughout the course of the season. The main issue I see is that the focus of the series has lost it’s way. Instead of being a show focused on Gina and her relationships with her family and girlfriends, they decided to make it an ensemble. Ani should have been the second lead, but this year she was middle of the pack, if that. They put tons of focus on the… Read more »

neixannd
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neixannd

Season 3 Finale was unexpected.. not in my wildest imagination I expect a lot of what happen. NB really what a last moment cast for Lara… JL she is so genuine in her acting, HB love her as well LK..and the Colonel.. there is a lot of drama and new interesting storylines for Season 4, 5,6,7 ect,..

Eire
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Eire

The season 3 finale was sorta uneventful just as the season 2 finale of Venice. But then again I have to be honest and say that season 3 of Venice has been pretty dull. First of all there was NOT nearly enough of Jessica Leccia and her lovable character Ani Martin. Jessica Leccia is why myself and loads of others are continuing to still support and watch Venice. So Jessia and her character Ani should have been featured in every episode. And the episodes she was featured in she should have had way more actual screen time than she ended… Read more »

T
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T

Here’s what was difficult for me. After episode 2 – which I felt was fantastic and set up so many exceptional storyline opportunities – particularly in the Ani/Gina and Ani/Lara and Lara/Gina realm – I was panting for more. DYING to see what was going to happen. And then weirdly, they dropped the ball and didn’t really explore any of it. It was TEEMING with possibilities: They could have followed Lara’s struggle – why NOT see her at AA and how she responds to it. Does someone challenge her on her BS there so she doesn’t want to go back?.… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

I was totally disappointed in the whole season. For it to be so hyped it was a major bomb to me.

trisher22
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trisher22

“Wow, Crystal you have really started something great with Venice, the final episode was just fucking Awesome thats how you end a wonderful soap with a great cast. Ready for season4 well done.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

I really enjoyed the finale. There was so much good stuff and a lot packed in. I can hardly believe we’ve got about 10 months before season 4. At least we’ll have The Grove in the meantime. 🙂

Chris
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Chris

I Thought CC knocked it out of the park again.So many intense moments and the cliffhangers are awesome. Kudos to Crystal for her amazing show. Great performances by the whole cast. Cant wait for season 4. Crystal you are the best.

Junebuggnc
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Junebuggnc

Crystal Chappell did not disappoint!!!! She has brought all those daytime elements we fell in love with to the web. You’ve got angsty love, secret love child, questionable paternity, a proposal, manipulations, relevant social issues and of course the split personality crazy chick! We were left with cliffhangers all around and anxiously awaiting Season 4. If you havent seen Venice it is well worth $9.99!!!!!

designergirl777
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designergirl777

I thought the finale was excellent and cannot wait for season 4. Such good story telling with believable stories. It’s what I’ve been missing in Soaps for quite a while.

Michele (manelli124)
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Michele (manelli124)

Was a surprising season ending episode. Crystal Chappell brought back the good daytime drama that’s been missing for some time. Love all the cast, Nadia was brilliant and as always Hillary B Smith brings it yet again. So excited for season 4. Venice is proof positive why Crystal is an emmy winner! Michael Fairman you said it best “Crystal Chappell who never fails to illustrate to viewers why she is one of the genres greatest treasures”

Former Fan
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Former Fan

Absolute crap on a stick. Venice has now turned into a bad generic soap and those are free on network tv. Venice lost its way and its focus. Way too many characters. Episode 2 was the highlight of the entire season, there were so many places to go and it went nowhere. The surprises in the last episode were poor only because they weren’t built throughout the season. It takes really masterful writing to lay the ground work and still surprise. This was not Venice. You want to surprise me? Kill off Owen and get rid of all the characters… Read more »

mel
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mel

Wow i see all five leccia fanatics have moved from crystals twitter to here,lol.

tigger_too
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tigger_too

Do you stalk the JL fans seems you always find and comment on their post rather its twitter,FB,VComm are here.People are giving their opinions on their likes and dislikes so that makes them a fanatic this is one of your many aliases you like to post under what does that say about you.JL has five fans… to funny… keep telling yourself that Jim…Mel…ETC.JL is a main draw for Venice sorry that breaks your CC loving heart….This season was good some interesting storylines some not so much.I’ll keep subscribing as long as JL is in the series just like CC,HBS,PR,NB and… Read more »

CCs#1fan
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CCs#1fan

Hi Jim! I see you’re still blaming ‘leccia fanatics’ for everything,lol.

Bradamant
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Bradamant

There was a third season?

24
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24

Loved Venice! I realize not everyone is happy with everything that happens in every epi, but if everyone agreed on all things..it wouldn’t be fun now would it lol.. I love all the actors involved with Venice and I’m enjoying the story that CC wants to tell. I will say tho, that the only thing i wasn’t to thrilled with was the baby s/l..but it happened and we’ve moved onto other things.
I’m enjoying Gina and Ani’s journeys and can’t wait til they’re together again 😉

Sonja
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Sonja

I thought season 1 was FANTASTIC and it’s all gone downhill from there. Didn’t Kim Turrisi write season 1? For the love of all that is good, please PLEASE bring her back and get her writing again. Crystal, I love you. I do. But step away from the keyboard.

Manelli1234
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Manelli1234

I have watched Venice from its creation and loved it from the very first episode. Crystal Chappell has brilliantly cast this show. I feel like she has brought back good solid daytime drama . I appreciate the use of family and personal relationships she has brought to the canvas taking us on a journey to get to know Gina and what makes her Gina. As I am sure we all know most of us have or have had relationships and life changing experiences that shape us to be who we are, makes for great layers of storytelling right? I know… Read more »

PJ
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PJ

Overall, it was a great season. Would love to have seen a little more of GIANI, but enjoyed the season nevertheless. Totally appreciate all the hard work put in by the entire VTEAM. So looking forward to
Season 4!

Amy
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Amy

This season started out with such promise in my opinion. Epi 1 was a great recap of S2 and setup for S3. Epi 2 was tightly written with compelllingly tight story and great acting. It was just great soap. After that it started to unravel for me. Too many characters and too many disjointed storylines I sadly found myself not caring about. The finale was a disappointment to me. I felt like Gina and Ani were further apart than ever before. There was no real forward movement in that story. There were so many WTF moments that weren’t set up… Read more »

B
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B

You know when you watch a movie that has won all the big awards? Like motion picture of the year, and it has been hyped as brilliant? You are excited to see it, to be involved in the whole experience? Then you watch it, and you realize half way through that you don’t get it and find it kinda boring? This is how I feel right now about Venice. My concern though, is despite the fact that I really don’t understand, others are raving about it, which leaves me wondering….is it just me?! Am I missing something?! Makes me feel… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

Part of my problem is what I am actually seeing on my screen and the other part is that what I am seeing doesn’t match what I am being told, by CC, about V3. CC had said that in V3, Giani go in separate directions(which happened), that they are connected but not together(which I have to think about), and that the season ends with them in a better place than ever(which I disagree strongly with). From what I saw, on my screen, they are not in a better place. They spent two epi’s sharing scenes alone. In epi 2 they… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Tina, do you know the definition of plagiarism? You lifted my post word for word from the Big Purple Dreams Site. Maybe you should work on your own ideas instead of cutting and pasting other people’s. Michael, please remove this post. It is already posted under my login (bookchick) at the BPD site. “Tina” did not write this.

Susanna
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Susanna

It was awful. The whole season was terrible. The show is terrible. So much promise and CC basically just wasted it all. I have to wonder if this was say Ken Corday;s show if everyone would be praising the work. It’s complete rubbish. I just find the praising all comes from CC die hard fans. There was absolutely no follow through on any scene. First off the cast is way too huge for a web show that sometimes has shows that are less than 20 minutes. There is no way you can get a story out. I have to laugh… Read more »

Jill Nelson
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Jill Nelson

CC has brought us what no one else has or would…..a story centered around 2 amazing women in love. CC and JL are both stunning and their chemistry undeniable. If admiring this makes me a CC and JL die hard fan…..I gladly accept the label. Love the series…loved the season….can’t believe I have to wait 10 months for more.

Lowynjean
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Lowynjean

I’m happy with the size of the cast of Venice. Having several storylines seems very soapish to me. As a lesbian I love seeing a soap that has a main story focused on gay women, but I think after a while it could be a little boring if it only focused on those three women. I like seeing the other stories too. I loved Otalia, but I’m glad the Venice is not trying to repeat that story and that Gina and Ani are very different from Olivia and Natalia. From other soaps I’ve seen, where they have tried to bring… Read more »

No longer a fan
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No longer a fan

CC should have kept Venice as the lesbian niche soap web series. And then made an entirely new web series about straight folks. She should have never tried to mix the two. CC should have NEVER chased the elusive straight soap viewers with Venice. Straight soaps fans still have Days, B&B, Y&R, and GH to watch if they want very badly written straight drama and romances. Plus the straights have plenty of well written and entertaining prime time soaps to watch heterosexual romance and stories. CC was foolish toalienate her core audience who would have kept Venice profitable for many… Read more »

Tee
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Tee

Don’t assume that only lesbians watch Venice. I am straight and a diehard Giani fan. I loved Otalia. I think it is worse for me because I want to see the soulmates, Gina and Ani come together and do not enjoy Ani and Lara scenes, they are great acting together, but I don’t want to see them kiss. I often see them referred to as the “pretty”. I don’t watch for that, I watch for Gina and Ani. I also love Gina and the Colonel scenes and Owen and Gina and Owen and the Colonel. Hilliary is great and funny… Read more »

Lowynjean
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Lowynjean

I can understand that not everyone is going to like all the stories or all the characters on a soap. But to me, it’s like some comments give the impression that there’s something wrong with Venice having straight characters as some of the main characters. Like Venice is supposed to be the Soap equivalent of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Fest and somehow S3 is some big betrayal of this pure ideal. I don’t think that that was ever the intention of this show. I thought Venice is supposed to be for everyone. Well, maybe soap opera style story telling isn’t… Read more »

imager
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imager

I started watching because of Jessica and Crystals old characters on the tv soap. The first season was very good and promising but since then, a big letdown. Crystal is way off of the bad girl she used to be and Jessica is being a fool, not the strong woman from their relationship on tv. Too many characters and too many story lines. Try to focus on the main characters Crystal and Jessica and build more slowly for the rest.

Lori
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Lori

I thought the storyline pace for Season 3 was much too slow. The writers are used to writing for soap operas that are broadcast every day for an hour. Outside of the last episode, nothing new. At this pace, Gina and Ani will finally be together in a Nursing Home. Someone needs to persuade Kim Turrisi to return to the writing staff as these are her characters and her input is needed. That being said, I do think the story is good and the acting at times is great. I just think all web series not only Venice have to… Read more »

Manelli1234
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Manelli1234

I find it offensive to see some people leaving personal attacks and throwing tantrums, simply because the show is not being written the way that they want. The idea behind leaving feedback is to give your opinion of the content of the show. I’m astounded to find that a community that fights for and deserves unconditional love, acceptance and equality of all people, knows how much words can hurt and affect someone would be the first to sling the mud. In any show there is always room for improvement, its one thing to provide constructive criticism. I can’t think of… Read more »

Mitchapalooza
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Mitchapalooza

VENICE SUCKS!! LOL that this show gets “press”

mohm
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mohm

I LOVE CC and am so thrilled that she has continued on with Venice. I loved season 1 and 2. They left me begging for more. I was so excited at the beginning of season 3. Unfortunately I was really disappointed in season 3. With once a week 20 minute or so shows, there are too many characters and too many gaps in all of the character’s stories. I found myself really only loving Guya this season. I thought there should have been some growth in the Gina/Ani situation. There wasn’t. I thought there was so much potential for a… Read more »

RS
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RS

I feel there should have been more of Lara/Ani. There is so much chemistry between them, that it got lost in the small puzzling clips we saw of them. Why did Lara not decide to try AA, why did Ani decide to forgive her so fast.

Obviously Lara loves Ani and she is ready to go great extent to have her in her life, but most of the time the two characters just never got justice in CC’s storyline as she tried to introduce too many characters.

oregon grown
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oregon grown

I loved the idea of Venice when it first came out.. I too am disappointed in the fact the story line, which brought most of us to shell out $10 for season one has totally dissappeared.. I mean really, I wanted to see a love story between Gina and Ani and one or two supporting characters. But with season three and all the “new” people, I think we only got to see 10 minutes of actual screen time between Gina and Ani (including the flashbacks) .. Its disapointing to want to watch a show that represents a large community of… Read more »

S
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S

Would I subscribe to V4, probably. I love CC she is an amazingly talented and beautiful women that also has great thoughts and ideas and her writing skills are not to shabby BUT she needs to focus on the reason why she started this show. S1 was the best series for me with S2 leaving us with the angst and excitement for S3. In my opinion S3 fell short, far to many characters and so many story arcs that could’ve should’ve and fell flat. The main characters got lost in the back of the pack. There was also far to… Read more »

Jeanie Borchelt
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Jeanie Borchelt

I loved the whole season and I loved the last episode! So much packed into one episode and it caught me by surprise and that is good writing. Can’t wait to see season 4. I love all the real subject matter and I especially love the comedy. So well done. I just finished watching Season 3 on DVR and I am grinning from ear to ear. So fun! The acting is emmy award winning. I know you are enjoying it as a WeB series but it is a shame the world cannot see it on regular TV. Thank you for… Read more »

cyfoley
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cyfoley

Thought the last episode was great! Can’t wait to see what Ani will do when she finds out about the letter that Lara burned. Loved the way it left you hanging and anxious for the next season.Sending all of you a BIG Texas yeeha!!!!

Patty
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Patty

I cant wait for season 4.. I´m like dying to see it 😀 I loveeee the lines of season 3, and the diversity.. CC and her friend are doing an incredible job on it.. and all the cast too.. But I have to say somethings: 1. this change of Sami made me a little “WTF, who is this girl”? But I like her story line, and her crazyness 🙂 2. Too many characters in this season 3. This web serie is not a soap, there´s just 25 minutes to tell a history.. I´m glad that CC is creating The Grove,… Read more »

Beverly Washington
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Beverly Washington

I may be a stick in the mud, but I had never heard of Venice the Series until a few weeks ago, I came across it by accident I was on YouTube and it came up, so I took a chance and watched. I must say this is the first drama of all times that I have taken an instant liking to, I like the characters, there’s humor, diversity the bottom line just a great series to watched. I like the Ani and Lara characters my favorite two, they are a cute couple and the chemistry they have is awesome.… Read more »

Nikita
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Nikita

I want to hold up a beacon for a show to take emotional maturity seriously. This is strong writing. This is what keeps me engaged. For myself, all the daytime soaps seem fake. The acting may be fantastic and win awards yet there is a quality missing. This is where webseries or other formats can reach for the higher bar. For example, Owen kept the fact that he was laid off from his movie gig. It is very unbelievable, to me, that Sami would break off the relationship because of this. Sami is a world traveller and peace corps volunteer.… Read more »

ms. dee
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ms. dee

When are we going to get to watch season 4, can’t wait!!!!!!

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