Season 3 Premiere of Venice Serves Up Smart, Sexy Cable-Ready Drama

I just finished watching the Season 3 premiere of Venice, and I must say I am damn impressed! While I wasn't wowed enough by the first season to commit to Season 2, the premiere of the recently launched third season was cable worthy. In fact, it was so good, I will be whipping out the old Visa to buy Season 2 on DVD so I can play catch up!

The 25-minute episode opens with a red-hot exchange between volatile designer Gina (Crystal Chappell) and sensitive photographer Ani (Jessica Leccia) that is truly the stuff of fantasies. Gina doesn't have a lot of time to spend on her romantic life in the installment, however. She has to convince a rehab nurse played by Glee's Dot Jones to help with getting her and Owen's (Galen Gering) ornery dad,  John "The Colonel" Brogno (Jordan Clarke), back on his feet post a debilitating stroke.

Speaking of Owen, he's dealing with life without Sami (formerly played by Gina Tognoni) by hooking up with some other chick, while a new character played by Eric Martsolf makes moves on Nu-Sami! Gina and Owen's wacky aunt Guya (Hillary B. Smith) is back and seeing dead people (Liz Kiefer), that is when she isn't flirting with hunky, younger dude Brandon (Shawn Christian), or playing raunchy, slightly sacrilegious board games with her niece and nephew.

Glam Katherine Pierce (Tina Sloan) looks to be close to mixing business and pleasure with Alan Anders (Chappell's real-life hubby Michael Sabatino), and even Jaime (Harrison White) is getting a little action. It isn't all romance and light for the denizens of Venice Beach, though. It appears Ani's novelist gal pal Lara Miller (Nadia Bjorlin) likes to get drunk and beat up on her!

Chappell and Co. packed a helluva lot of soapy, stylistic, smart drama in this premiere. But enough of me talking about it, watch the Season 3 premiere of Venice after the jump and sound off with your thoughts in the comments! Will you be purchasing a subscription to watch the entire season?


GH Earns Most 2011 Creative Arts Daytime Emmys; Crystal Chappell’s Venice Wins Special Class Short Format Emmy

The 2011 Creative Arts Daytime Emmys were handed out on Friday, June 17 in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. While broadcast soaps General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and All My Children took home various technical awards; it was Crystal Chappell’s Venice that picked up the Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime Creative Arts Emmy. General Hospital took home the most wins at the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys.

Check out a list of the 2011 Creative Arts Daytime Emmy winners after the jump.

Former Guiding Light, As The World Turns Stars Reunite at 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards!

There was a mini Guiding Light reunion at the 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards last night. Tina Sloan, Michael O’Leary, Orlagh Cassidy and Jordan Clarke (pictured above with One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith) , as well as Kim Zimmer, all turned out for the festivities.
Hosted by former As the World Turns star, Gotham The Series creator and Outstanding Lead Actress nominee Martha Byrne, the 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards were held at The Ailey Studios in New York City Sunday night.

Check out more photos from the 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards after the jump and for a full list of winners click here.

Venice Returns For Season Two Sept. 29

Venice The Series returns for Season Two on Sept. 29 according to a tweet by the web series' official twitter page. According to the page:
Tune in next Wednesday 9/29 at 3pm EST/12pm PST for the premiere episode of VENICE S2! Watch free on YouTube at 
The premiere episode will be free, however the remainder of the serial will require purchase of a subscription.
Photo By Venice The Series.

Crystal Chappell Reacts to Guiding Light Pre-Nod and Streamys!

Multimedia soap star Crystal Chappell is having a pretty good go of it. On the heels of returning to Days of Our Lives to critical acclaim and ratings success as Dr. Carly Manning, the actress/producer now finds herself being recognized for not one, but two turns as gritty, emotionally-raw sapphic heroines, Guiding Light's Olivia Spencer and Venice's Gina Brogno. I caught up with Chappell to find out what she made of being pre-nominated for Oustanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for GL and to get her reaction on her Streamy nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Web Drama.

"I am honored to represent Guiding Light." says Chappell. "This is my first Streamy nomination, and so I am very excited and flattered."

The Streamy Awards will be held April 11, 2010 in Hollywood.
Photo by PR Photos

Venice To Resume On Dec. 18

Photo by Venice the Series.
Bad news Venice fans, Crystal Chappell  tweeted the second episode of her web series will not be shown this week. Chappell wrote,

We need the next week and half to get site up. So we need this Friday. Will be back on 18th! Promise! Thanks for ur patience!

According to Chappell, more servers are needed to handle the demands viewers placed onto the site! Says Chappell,
Bad? We need four servers to handle all of you! But its going to take a little time. But will do and can do!