Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia Find Love Again in The Grove

Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia followed up their time as lesbian lovers Olivia Spencer and Natalia Rivera on Guiding Light with a second act in Chappell’s web soap Venice. Now it appears the pair are ready for a third act. Chappell’s production company Open Book Productions has released the trailer for its new web series The Grove.

Starring Chappell and Leccia as Nico and Ivy, The Grove features a cast brimming with popular soap stars. Robert Woods, Jordan Clarke, Beth Maitland, Christian LeBlanc, Michelle Stafford, Nadia Bjorlin, Peter Reckell, Linsey Godfrey, Judi Evans and Bobbie Eakes are among The Grove’s stars. Visit for more information. Watch the trailer for The Grove after the jump!

Is ABC Daytime Copying Old Proctor & Gamble Soaps?

Watching the ABC daytime lineup lately has been a little déjà vu for this old time soap viewer. Perhaps “copying” is too strong a term. Maybe “homage” would be a better word or, perhaps, “sticky fingers.” On the other hand, the stories in question here are different from either classic soap opera tropes (boy/girl-meets-hates-falls-in-love-with-girl/boy stuff) or classic soap cliches (supervillain-returns-from-the-dead-with-an-evil-twin shenanigans) because of their very specificity.

All three of the ABC’s daytime dramas currently are airing stories or arcs that have been a little too close to the mark of several cancelled Proctor & Gamble shows, begging the question “Does Brian Frons really admire those old, now defunct serials as much as he loves pilfering CBS soap stars?” Let us count the ways:

DAYS’ Crystal Chappell and OLTL’s Jessica Leccia Weigh in on Kish’s Exit

In an interview with TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco Days of our Live’s Crystal Chappell and One Life to Live’s Jessica Leccia talk Otalia, the upcoming second season of Venice, Leccia joining One Life to Live and share their reaction to OLTL getting rid of Kish.
TVG: Were you upset when One Life wrote out fledgling gay super-couple, Kish, off the canvas due to what ABC claims was an unfavorable reaction?

CC: Oh, of course. There isn’t a lot of LGBT representation out there now. It had a huge impact. I don’t know the reasons for their decision. I would imagine everyone is disappointed.

JL: I think the problem is after the set-up, the follow-up with gay characters is always difficult. Once you go there, creating a real story for gay characters, well, it’s hard [to fulfill the happily-ever-after]. I know that’s what happened with our story on GL. In order to make a gay couple real, you have to go all the way. And some viewers are uncomfortable with that prospect.