Just in time to ring in 2013, Crystal Chappell finally has released her highly-anticipated new project, The Grove The Series. The pilot episode features so many of your daytime favorites including: Jessica Leccia, Robert S. Woods, Michelle Stafford, Christian LeBlanc, Jordan Clarke, Mark Hapka, Bobbie Eakes, Nadia Bjorlin, Beth Maitand, Peter Reckell, Linsey Godfrey, Judi Evans, and Harrison White. The story tells the tale of two longtime feuding families against the backdrop of Nico (Chappell) and Ivy’s (Leccia) wedding (although they were legally married a few years before, this was to be a celebration for themselves, friends, and family).
The just released pilot is an hour plus, but sets up the story nicely as the valued land of The Grove provides plenty of dramatic tension, as we learn the dynamics of the relationships of all the characters.
It was wonderful to see Robert S. Woods again in a part worthy of his talents. As well, Jessica Leccia delivered one of her best performances, and creator Chappell is always stellar! It was also noteworthy to see Christian LeBlanc, back in bad boy mode, and Nadia Bjorlin in quite the departure from her roles as Lara on Venice, or Chloe on DAYS. Michelle Stafford also did some fine work, and we hope to see more of her character when the series continues. And how great it was to see Beth Maitland, Peter Reckell, and Mark Hapka again!
Watch the pilot of The Grove The Series after the jump and let us know your thoughts! Do you like the story? Who was your favorite in the pilot episode?