Hillary B. Smith
The last New York City soap opera standing, ABC Daytime's One Life to Live, will be discussed during a panel presented by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation this Nov. 2 at 7 pm EST. Panelists include: executive producer Frank Valentini and cast members Gina Tognoni, Florencia Lozano, Sean Ringgold, Kristen Alderson, David Gregory, Hillary B. Smith and Kassie DePaiva. The festivities will be held at the Paley Center and will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Abby West. One Life to Live has definitely gotten its groove back, so I am glad to see it being celebrated. For more deets on the event, click here.
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.
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.