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!

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.

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:

Here on Venice Beach: Season One Review of Crystal Chappell’s Passion Project

I just finished watching the season finale of Venice, the groundbreaking, web soap opera from Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives' superstar Crystal Chappell, talented writer Kim Turrisi and sharp director Hope Royaltey, and all I can say is I hope a fly doesn't get a chance to head down my throat before I can pick my jaw up from the floor! If you are one of those people who opted not to subscribe to the web series, let me just say the season one cliffhanger featuring GL alum Jordan Clarke as Col. John Brogno— the homophobic father of Chappell's principle character Gina— alone was well worth the 10 bucks I paid, if only to make sure I know the backstory for what is sure to be a much stronger second season. But for now, let's talk about the season that was.

Diehard Fans Help Crystal Chappell Fund Second Season of Venice!

The online soap opera may have aired only one episode, but Crystal Chappell's Venice has already made enough money to fund a full second season of the serial! Chappell tells Soap Opera Digest purchases fans made from Venice's online store funded the sapphic sudser's premiere season, and that enough money was made just from the initial airing of Venice to produce a second season. Someone hire Chappell to run a daytime division already!

According to  the article, the official Venice website has had over 24 million hits since September, and saw 225,000 unique visitors in just the first week of December, which would explain those crashes. Never fear; La Chappell has hired a Colorado firm to add four new servers for all her rampant fans,  the actress/producer tells Digest.