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48 August 2nd, 2011 Venice Season Three Kick-off Party – Photo Gallery!

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On-Air On-Soaps was invited and attended a very special Venice season three kick-off party with many of the stars and behind-the-scenes folks who make Venice the incredible Daytime Award winning web drama that is it.  And none more so than the show’s fearless leader, Crystal Chappell, who gathered the troupes for some tequila tasting from one of the season’s new sponsors.

While cavorting and having a good time, the cast got down to some business for you, the fans of Venice! With pens in one hand, and some of the cutest little shot glasses in soapdom in their other hand, Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, Shawn Christian, Peter Reckell, Molly Burnett, Harrison White and Michelle N. Carter autographed special Venice Logo T-shirts in charcoal and in white! The items that will be available for the first time starting tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at 1PM PST only at the Venice the Series website V-Shop! We can also tell you that besides the new Venice shot glasses, there are new autographed mouse pads as well.  So be on the lookout.

Now, view our fun photo gallery from the evening and get a preview of the new Venice swag, and make sure to come back to On-Air On-Soaps later this week for a very special interview with Crystal with a preview of season three of Venice and other exciting news!

*Remember, when viewing the photo gallery below, click the “NEXT GROUP” button to the right of the + sign to see more images, or you can just view as a slideshow.

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  1. Chrissie says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about Molly possibly joining Venice. I like her, but if she will play Gina’s secret child w/Richard as has been rumored, that is just a big turn-off to me. I wish Jessica and the other East Coasters had been able to sign stuff, too, before it all went up on the site. Venice is beginning to feel more and more like DOOL.

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  2. Dani says:

    Cool and thanks for the pics Michael. CC is business savvy and smart and I am sure will have an East Coast signing. Not sure what the few ppl whining expect? Should she fly the East Coasters in for this? Besides that can be taken care of when they are filming in September. DOOL sucks but Venice has brought out the best in GG and NB. I look forward to Molly joining no matter what the character.

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    Pepper replied

    Saying that you wish something is whining? Wow, then I’ve been whining every year on my birthday, when I blow out the candles.

    CC didn’t have to fly out the east coasters, just drop a box of t-shirts off at FedEx addressed to JL or HBS. They could have gotten the east coasters together for an hour, signed the stuff and sent it back in time for the Vshop relaunch. To her credit, CC obviously realized that, since she said in her last blog that she was sending stuff for the east coast cast to sign. Better late than never, eh?

    We’ll have to agree to disagree about Venice bringing out the best in the Days actors, since that’s all subjective. I’m glad that you’re looking forward to Molly, even if she’s playing a lovechild, but let me assure you that others are not and it’s more than just a few. Some clarification would go a long way right now, just sayin’.

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  3. VAl says:

    #FreeAni

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  4. Annihilator says:

    I don’t watch Days of our Lives. I have never been interested in that soap. So I don’t really have much interest in the Days of our Lives actors on Venice. I’m very excited about season 3 of Venice only because of Jessica Leccia. I love Jessica’s portrayal of Ani Martin. I hope Jessica Leccia will be more involved in the promotions of season 3 of Venice as I think she’s Venice’s biggest asset (and MVP). I will wait to buy signed merchandise when items from Jessica Leccia and the East coast actors become available.

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  5. Ellen says:

    I agree. I am sure Molly is lovely but if she is the love child, it is the end of Venice for me (and by reading comments elsewhere) many, many others. Hopefully CC truly understands who her base is for Venice. No offense to anyone but the majority of those watching are from the Otalia base and not the Carbo base.

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  6. aa says:

    I also dread the love child. I miss the eas coasters. This gift to Otalia fans is starting to feel more like a second DOOL for carbo fans.

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  7. Sunshine says:

    Don’t have a problem with Molly B. joining but like Chrissie hoping its not to play Gina and Richards love child.She’s whiny because she wants east coast cast members to be included more than last year….yeah sorry…CC had to know peeps would want JL,HBS.GT,TS and LK sign merch. as well.

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  8. tigger_too says:

    I’m looking forward to Gina and Ani’s journey….the Colonel…Guya and Katie…also hope we get more Michelle and Jamie scenes. Team JL/Giani

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  9. Dani says:

    Guess we will have to wait to see what Molly’s role is then those who be “finished with Venice” can make their decision then. CC was not just one half of the popular Otalia but one half of the super couple that was Bo and Carly. That was a very vocal fan base that supported her DOOL stint. Before Otalia aka the sexless love story there was Bo and Carly.

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    Pepper replied

    And I’m sure they will.

    It was a vocal fanbase, but not a large one and also, Otalia fans supported her Days stint, as well.

    I don’t know what exactly your point is with your last line and honestly I don’t know what it has to do with Venice the Series. You know the series that was created for Otalia fans who had to endure the ‘sexless love story’ and was supported in every way by Otalia fans. If CC wants to do the same for her Carbo supporters, I say go for it. She’s a very generous person in that respect, but trying to please both fan bases in one series is just not a good idea. That’s all that’s being said.

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    Sheri greenblatt replied

    i am just looking forward to galen gering anything he will do is fine with me

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  10. venicefan says:

    I see the lynch mob is already starting to form for crystal,and she hasn’t even filmed an episode,lol.And the leccia fanatics are getting lined up to join the mob if leccia isn’t made the star of venice,lol.Poor crystal everyone loves her as long as she does everything they demand,don’t do something the mob wants just once and the mob wants to lynch her. her.Must feel like season one all over again for crystal lol.

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    Pepper replied

    Hey olddoolfan/gldoolfan/realitycheck/JimJames. Still blaming those ‘leccia fanatics’ for everything I see,lol. I bet they’re the reason for all those crazy storms that have been happening across the US,lol. I bet Jessica’s fans feel like it’s youtube all over again. #Loveislouder

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    tigger_too replied

    If wanting JL autograph merch makes someone a Leccia fanatic…then i’m a fanactic and proud of it.JL fanbase is no different than any of the other cast members fanbase who want to see they’re favorite with a big storyline or some autograph V gear.So when Carbo or any other fanbase voice they’re opinion they’re being vocal but when Otalia/JL fans do their being fanactics….we’re just being vocal.As far as a sexless couple as someone said (and only proves Carbo fans got more closure than otaliafans)Otalia was a very powerful storyline that formed a family,fanfic and boards and after two years is still going strong.Have no problem with dool cast have a problem when we voice our opinions we are automatically labeled…This isn’t kindergarten peeps are allowed to have opinions.

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    fan2 replied

    I hardly believe there is a lynch mob forming nor do I believe it is about making Jessica a star.

    I realize it is hard to keep the fans completely happy given cast are on opposite coasts of the U.S. and since Crystal is on the West coast of course it is easier to have gatherings with and merchandise autographed by those out West. There is a fanbase for those actors on the East coast and those fans can be quite vocal. There is nothing wrong with that and I am quite sure Crystal has developed a thick skin by now or she would not be in the business and giving hers fans Venice or any othe web series she may develop.

    Can’t we all get along? You like it you watch and support. You don’t like it, life goes on.

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  11. Karen says:

    I personally think we are very lucky to be able to buy anything signed at all. How many shows do this? Not many if any i know of so i think we should all feel very lucky that Crystal is giving the personal touch to the merchandise and people have to understand that it isn’t always possible to have everyone in the same place at the same time. Again remember these actors are not being paid alot for this show so it is a labour of love and we need to appreciate what they are giving us out of the goodness of their hearts. Another thing in respect to it becoming more like DOOLs than Otalia… it may have a fair few DOOL cast however they are not playing DOOLs charactors and also it is with a superior story to the crap DOOLs gives them. I personally love to see these actors being challenged and don’t at all look at it like it’s an extension of DOOL. I for one say well done Crystal and all the rest of the cast and crew and i will support you always because of the love and committment you have given to us.
    Regards
    @venicepolice

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  12. crystalmollypeterfan says:

    I can’t wait to see what crystal has in store for us in v 3.Personally i love everyone acting in venice.They have great chemistry and it comes out in the show.I reallly hope their is a secret child story with crystal ,peter and molly.Crystal will do it right im sure.This will be a real treat for all the fans of carly mel and bo.I like the way crystal is drawing in other fan bases,its good for venice.

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    Pepper replied

    It is good to draw in other fan bases, no doubt, but not at the expense of a fan base you already have. What’s the point of drawing in new viewers, if you lose just as many or even more? Of course, all of this is speculation and has not been confirmed or denied, which is what I think most people, with concerns, would like to find out. A simple yes or no would end everything right here, so I hope Mr. Fairman will be able to shed some light in his new interview with CC. As Otalia fans know, CC is able to spoil us, without giving everything away.

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  13. Annihilator says:

    Of course it would be hard to get the east coast and west coast actors together at the same time. However there were numerous ways that Crystal and her team could have gotten signed merchandise from Jessica Leccia and the other east coast actors before the re-opening of the VShop. Crystal and her team could have easily sent Venice merchandise to NYC and had the actors sign it weeks or months ago. I’m sure Crystal and her team know that Jessica as well as the other east coast actors are also very popular with the Venice audience. A lot of fans have been requesting Crystal and her team that they would also like some merchandise with both Jessica and Crystal’s signatures which is reasonable. So it only makes business sense to have the most sought after merchandise available at the earliest to get more money in the coffers as quickly as possible to help fund Venice.

    Venice is not some gift to the fans or some labor of love. It’s a business that Crystal hopes will continue to expand monetarily and continue to help her branch out with other projects since the web is the future. Its also a business that is being funded by the audience (consumers). The audience is being asked to part with their hard earned money in order to purchase subscriptions and merchandise to keep Venice financially afloat which is completely above board. But when someone runs a business and is selling products to the public then there is going to be positive and negative feedback. This is normal and should be expected because its the only way that Crystal and her team will know what the majority of the audience likes or wants or expects. In fact Crystal and her team have asked for feedback for this very reason. I really can’t wait to indeed purchase Venice merchandise but I will wait until signed items from Jessica Leccia and the East coast actors become available which I hope is very soon. I’m just giving my honest feedback and opinion. And as a consumer and supporter of Venice I have the right to do so.

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  14. Anne-Marie says:

    I do believe Crystal Chappell intends to get some merchandise signed by her East Coast castmates at some point in the future…All I know is that I am looking forward to Season 3 and finding out where they story is going to go

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  15. CCfan says:

    My issue with the whole Molly “may” be playing a long lost child, is just that I feel CC has been swayed from her vision for Venice and what we Otalia fans were originally promised. CC did say that Gina had ALWAYS known she was gay and was very vocal in the show being different. I have absolutely no problem with CC creating a webseries for the Carbo fans but I do find it ridiculous that she would even attempt to please both fanbases, it just can’t be done. If the rumor is true, I will be disappointed. I doubt that I will be able to watch cause like others have said, I don’t want to watch DOOL. I want Venice. And even putting aside the whole Carbo thing, I really don’t want to have a former relationship with a man brought once again into a Lesbian storyline. It’s been done before and I truly believed Venice would be different.

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  16. Paula says:

    I’m a huge fan of Otalia and Gina & Ani & CC & JL individually. I love how Galen & Nadia plays their part. They are more relax in Venice then they are on DOOL. I’m sure Molly will be too. CC is a great writer and she proved it by winning. I know CC will not disappoint ANY of her fans. She DOES listen to her fans. I’m so looking forward to V3 and hope we see more of Gina & Ani together. BTW – great items in VShop!

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  17. jtliteshines says:

    Great pics, thanks Michael! I also will be waiting to buy any autographed stuff until the east coast crew gets their signatures on the items. For me it is the fact that I was a 20 yr viewer of GL and that was my show. I want Jordan, Jess, Gina, Tina, Liz, and Hilary’s autographs. They are the main reason I watch along with CC of course. I have watched Days off and on over the years and for the last two years now but I don’t have the connection to DOOL or its actors like I did with GL. So I understand everyone’s view here who wants to wait.

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  18. mine says:

    I’m not a Carbo fan, nor do I see Venice as Otalia .2 I watched GL for many years and Olivia Spencer was my fav. When the Otalia story first started I didn’t think it would work. But then it was told so well at first, I found myself planning my day around watching it. I trust Crystal enough that I feel V3 will be great. I also can’t wait to see what happens with Van and Owen. To me this show is about more then just Gina and Ani. I wouldn’t mind seeing a love child, or whatever happens in this show. I just want it told well and I truly think V3 will be.

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  19. ProudJLFan says:

    It is fascinating the extremes some people jump to. I’m not sure how waiting for merchandise to be signed by JL and/or other east coast cast members equals “whining” or “getting lined up for a lynch mob”. Not everyone has deep pockets. Not everyone can afford to buy 2 of every item. Some folks may need to wait until they can get everything they want in the item before purchasing so that they get the most out of their money. Aren’t a lot of purchases made that way? When you buy a computer, don’t you try to get everything you want in it? It sure seems like the smart thing to do, especially if you are on a budget. CC has said that she is going to have the east coast cast sign items too. What is so wrong with folks waiting for those items to be posted for sale? It doesn’t mean they hate CC. It doesn’t mean they don’t support Venice or OBP. I don’t have a problem saying that I am waiting for JL signed merchandise. CC still gets my support. I’m waiting, not boycotting. It is not a dis against CC or Venice.

    As far as MB joining Venice, for the most part, it doesn’t bother me. My only concern is having too many characters given the short format. Honestly, I am not an overall soap fan. I watched Days back in the early 80′s and into the 90′s but after that I didn’t watch a soap again until Otalia. The only reason I tuned in was because I recognized CC. As I watched, I became a JL fan too. CC fans follow her to whatever show she is making, JL fans should have the same right. Are all the fans who are writing to DOOL “whining” and “getting lined up for a lynch mob” because they are expressing their opinion about wanting her character to continue on the show and have a front burner storyline? Should they stop writing into the other soaps trying to get her on those shows? No. Why are the JL fans considered fanatics over expressing their desire to see JL in a front burner storyline but the CC fans aren’t? Being pro-JL doesn’t mean folks are anti-CC.

    No matter what, I’ll be getting my subscription and tuning in when the time comes. Will I be hoping for a lot of JL? Absolutely. :)

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  20. JCF says:

    Geez, there’s a distressing amount of hostility and suspicion on this thread. :-(

    I *love* CC, JL, and the GiAni love story on Venice. I’ve grown to respect MollyB as an actor, and am looking forward to her contribution on Venice—no matter WHO she plays. If PeterR’s presence gets more people to tune into Venice, then I say the more the merrier (he’s obviously NOT the focus of the story, however. I don’t know why anyone would either expect/fear he would be).

    I’m mainly just excited for Venice Season 3! If there’s an upgrade on S3, the way there was from S1 to S2, I think we’re in for a real treat! :-D

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  21. Ruby says:

    I’m not a fan of DOOL’s Melanie Layton “BUT” if Crystal brings out great performances from Molly like the ones from Nadia, I’m ok with Molly joining the cast.

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  22. Shodanfan says:

    I am an Otalia fan who is looking forward to season three of Venice. I also don’t see what the big deal is if Gina had a secret love child from years back. Not everyone is a “gold star lesbian”. I know plenty of women who knew they were gay but still had relationships with men for various different reasons before they finally came out. Even though it’s still hard coming out, it’s a lot easier than it was even twenty years ago. I look forward to seeing how this story is going to be played out. I’m sure it will be good and soapy.

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  23. Kalface says:

    Wow, chill people. Not one episode has even been FILMED yet and people are already threatening to not watch. This is what annoys me about the human race…if I don’t get what I want, I’m done with it. Priorities. And to seriously worry enough about a Web show to get upset over it is kinda ridiculous. If that’s the worst thing that happens in your world is a character on a show has a child from when she was with men, then you have a pretty good god damn life. I lost my mother to cancer just recently….now that’s something to bitch about. And the fact is, I am a lesbian, and have SEVERAL friends who have children from previous relationships. NOT EVERYONE IS THE SAME – so why is it okay if you say it’s over done (really – cuz in my 47 years of life watching tv, I haven’t seen much representation of lesbians with or without children / males) , but for me , it’s reality, every day life!?! Only straight up lesbians who have never had sex with men are allowed? Okay, go create your own show then. I for one applaud the fact that we have a beautiful woman creating something for a broad group of people portrayed by several beautiful women. I absolutely adore Jessica Leccia, make no mistake about that and will attend every / any event she has anything to do with, but it’s not all about her folks. Thank you Crystal for everything you do, I for one, appreciate what you have done and will leave it up to you to create YOUR show the way YOU see fit.
    I thought Love was Louder —- not bitchiness? Only Love can safe the world — hmm or so it seemed.
    And can’t we just all appreciate the effort for Natalia’s God’s sake??

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    Chrissie replied

    It’s not all about Jessica, but when Venice has been promoting Gina/Ani as a couple as the ‘super couple’, then Crystal needs to include her in the signings, etc. Things that showcase both of them (like the mousepad) should have both of their signatures or not any of them. I am not saying I will not buy any of the merchandise ever (as I just bought 4 things from the store including the mousepad mind you), I am just saying I want things with the whole cast.

    And, regards to the whole lesbian thing. Yes, it’s common to have lesbians who have slept with men before or even have children with them. But, why do so many shows have to show a man being tied to a lesbian couple forever? Why must the said child be a secret? I wouldn’t be upset if it was known since the beginning that Gina had a child, but the fact that it remained a secret on-screen implies shame/guilt, etc. whereas a child should be a happy thing. I’m tired of this overused storyline. There are plenty of other ways Gina could have had drama. How about Logan the ex that was talked about in Season 1? How about conflict with Gina and Owen? What about more about her mother’s death is brought to the surface. I thought Venice was different.

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    Kalface replied

    My point being, it hasn’t even been FILMED yet – do we know this as a fact? Second point – I’m just glad there’s a show about lesbians …period… thank god for that. I choose to be grateful and not hateful.

    sunshine replied

    May I ask how is Chrissie being hateful by expressing her feelings on a storyline that may or may not happen? She’s giving her opinion.Although I don’t agree with not subscribing it’s her choice.If CC does decide to go with Gina/Richard love child will I not subsribe…No because like you i’m thankful for a lesbian storyline.Will I voice my dislike of the storyline…yes. I agree with Chrissie there is so many other ways they could have created drama for Gina.

    Kalface replied

    The grateful and not hateful wasn’t necessarily for Chrissie, she just happened to reply to my post.
    Again, I am just grateful that any any any portrayal of lesbians is being created and produced and starring people I WANT TO SEE – regardless of how it goes. Jessica and Crystal being the main ones I wish to see — and I don’t necessarily have to have them together to appreciate a show about lesbians.
    I do believe that there is some hatefulness posted here regarding the MB character . Don’t subscribe for whatever reason you want, but to threaten to do so just because of a character WHO HASN”T EVEN BEEN NAMED YET is narrow minded and childish and negative IN MY OPNION. Remember, just MY OPINION. Remember, every one is allowed to have an opinion and is allowed to disagree.

    I’m so glad I don’t live with threats if I don’t get what I want… I’m a much happier person for it. And complaining is a waste of energy. Life’s too short to worry about trivial things.

    Everytime someone says they won’t subscribe, I buy another – so love really does win over in the end. :>)

    aa replied

    You buy multiple ones? Why? That’s not love, that’s obsession.

    You aren’t into Venice, you’re personally invested in CC’s success and that reflects in your answers that cannot tolerate criticism and call it childish and narrow-minded.

  24. Dani A. says:

    LOL, these fangirl posts are so unintentionally funny. As far as the merchandise, JL fangirls will never be satisfied. There are never enough pictures, mentions or scenes. As far as the plot rumors, if they are true then simply do not subscribe to the next season. Simple enough, if you do not like something, do not subscribe.

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    tigger_too replied

    Again how are the JL “girls” any different then any other fanbase that tweet write campaign to have more scenes,mentions or pictures.I know cause its not your favorite there’s no difference and no matter how you label us fangirl or fanatic we’re still going to be here to support JL.Just like the CC,SC,NB,PR,MC,HW,TS,GG,GT and HBS fans.I don’t have a problem with dool cast being a part of Venice everyone has a reason they tune into Venice JL happens to be mine.

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    Pepper replied

    So you’re telling people not to subscribe? Do I have that right? You’re telling people not to subscribe to this series that CC has put so much time and effort into and that is financially dependent on it’s subscribers. You do realize, by telling people not to subscribe, you’re hurting Venice and CC, right? Essentially you’re killing the series. If that’s what you want, then job well done.

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    Dani A. replied

    Huh???? Wow, that’s some leap you made there. My statement said if you do not like something than do not watch or purchase it and that is directed at those people who are already freaking out over a possible storyline twist. Save yourself from the aggravation and the rest of us from your whining posts. Wow, so many in the Venice fanbase are some of the whiniest ever. See I did not single out any fangirls there. Geez.

    Pepper replied

    So you’re only telling the ‘whiners’ to not subscribe. Okay, but that doesn’t make a difference, you’re still telling potentially paying customers not to subscribe. You’re still driving away business that CC needs to keep her project going.

    I’m happy to take one for the fangirls, though I still don’t see where giving feedback, that has been asked for by CC on many occasions, including her last blog post, equates to whinning. Everyone who has voiced their concerns, has done so in a polite manner. The only ones being rude or name calling, are the people, who appear to be CC’s fans.

    JL/CC fan replied

    I wonder these people who like to label the JL fans do they go after the CC,NB,SC and PR fans as well when their tweeting and posting on message boards to see these actor/actresses have more scenes are a better storyline on DOOL guess everybody has a little fangirl/fanatic in them.JL and CC are the reason I watch Venice if I don’t like something i’ll simply fast forward through it.Not subsribing as your advising people not to do would only hurt the future of Venice.

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  25. iheartleos says:

    I say it’s time for everyone to purchase a bottle of Tequila Revolucion and then we should toast to a successful Venice Season 3!

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    PJ replied

    I’m with you. Here’s to a successful Season 3 of Venice !

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    Amazon replied

    Well said, indeed, cheers!!!

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  26. cindy says:

    If Molly is playing Gina and Richard love child i’m done and not very happy about this so called Carbo crap going on either Venice is about Gina and Ani who we havent even seen together yet carbo had their time

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  27. aa says:

    True enough, Carbo has had their time as a couple twice, sex scenes galore.

    Otalia never did, Venice was created in large part to rectify that. It was the hook, see kissing in the first minute! But 2 seasons in and not much beyond one kiss has been shown. And now we have a love child and carbo scenes that certainly weren’t the promise of Venice. It concerns me. I want the promotion of the show to involve the east coast crew in particular the defacto co-star. What do we get? DOOL, why would people pay for DOOL when they can watch it for free and have been doing so for years.

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  28. kelltwomyn says:

    Wow, I was happy to read the article and see the pics (thank you, Michael!) and then I read the comments..good lord. Are some of these comments from grown wo/men? I’m just happy we have the series and I am really looking forward to season 3. Crystal knows how to bring it and JL and the rest of the cast light up the screen. Season 3 will be great! I’m ready to pay for my subscription.

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  29. Valerie says:

    I can totally understand if people want to wait to buy after the others have had a chance to sign , but to make it sound like CC is playing favorites seems strange. They will be getting together soon why bother with shipping a bunch of stuff across the country and then back, they would have to send alot to make it worth while. This way it gives them a head start on sales for season 3. About Molly glad she’s on board i don’t waste my time worrying about who she will play. I am a Gina / Ani shipper but truthfully enjoyed the story between Ani/Lara. So far Venice has put a different spin on everthing in Venice so whatever happens i’m am sure it will never be considered a take off from Dool.

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