The final countdown to the debut of Crystal Chappell’s highly-anticipated web soap Venice has begun. Premiering on December 4, 2009 at 8PM PST Venice features a who’s-who of current and former soap stars, including Chappell’s former Guiding Light costars Jessica Leccia, Gina Tognoni, Tina Sloan and Jordan Clarke, The Bold and the Beautiful and As the World Turns’ Lesli Kay, One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith, Days of our Lives’ Nadia Bjorlin and Galen Gering.
According to the official Venice twitter page the first episode will be free to everyone while the rest of the season can be watched for the subscription price of $9.99. The subscription will offer behind-the-scenes footage and "all the fun stuff that happened on set."
If you haven’t watched the Venice trailer check it out after the jump. If you’ve watched it before I’d check it out again. I’ve enjoyed it each time I’ve watched it. READ MORE
Michael Fairman went on location for the filming of Venice, Crystal Chappell's highly-anticipated web series, to get some scoops and previews for Advocate.com. During the visit he chatted with Chappell, co-star Jessica Leccia, writer-producer Kim Turrisi, Nadia Bjorlin and Gina Tognoni. Leccia shared the following.
Jessica Leccia (Chapell’s former love interest on GL) told me the character she plays in Venice, Ani, is far removed from her days in Springfield on the canceled CBS soap.
“Everything is pretty much different with Ani. They are night and day. Ani is way more with it than Natalia. She has a career and is goal-oriented and is on the pulse of everything. She is really busy and human and in love ... and all the things that come with that. She is way savvier than Natalia. Ani is going to be a force to be reckoned with and is more of a go-getter to get what she wants. Gina may be what she wants, and that is her big dilemma in this whole thing ... loving somebody and not having it the way she would like it to be.”
From the moment it was announced that Guiding Light was going to be cancelled, all eyes were on Gina Tognoni. Everyone in the industry was wondering where the talented beauty, who had quickly made the oft recast role of carny-turned-vixen Dinah Marler her very own, would end up. Would she mercifully go to The Young and the Restless as a recast for Victoria Newman, or possibly a new character? What about that buzzed about, psycho surrogate role on Y&R's sister soap The Bold and the Beautiful (that role will be played by General Hospital spitfire Sarah Brown)? In the end, the newlywed Tognoni (she married Joseph Chiarello this past May) decided to keep doing soaps in the city, and opted to return to her breakout role as Dorian Lord's spunky niece Kelly on One Life to Live.
Daytime Confidential's Melodie Aikels and Mike Jubinville caught up with Tognoni at the recent So Long Springfield event in Pittsburgh. In between fielding the feverish adoration of droves of mourning Guiding Light fans, Tognoni was gracious enough to provide DC with an interview, sharing her thoughts about how Dinah's storyline light went out and how "excited" she is to be staying put in Gotham by way of Llanview.
Daytime Confidential: Now that Guiding Light is over, how do you feel about Dinah and Mallet ending up together in Europe?
Gina Tognoni: I thought the that was so sweet. You know, I did. I liked working with Shayne, Jeff Branson, so much but it was bittersweet at times, because I also loved working with Rob Bogue [Mallet]. So it was just kind of like, "Okay, you know, both are just fabulous!" It's just so hard to really say which pairing was my favorite and should have ended up together. READ MORE
On this special episode of Daytime Confidential Mike and Melodie share with Luke, Jamey and Jillian their time at the Pittsburgh So Long Springfield event.
They recount talking to Gina Tognoni, Kim Zimmer answering questions about whether or not she might be headed to another soap, fan's reaction to Tom Pelphrey, and the out pouring of love for Guiding Light by Pittsburgh fans.
This and more in a Daytime Confidential mini episode.
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