Pilot News: Jennifer Beals Joins ABC Soap Venice

2011 Susan G. Komen For The Cure's Honoring The Promise BenefitJennifer Beals has landed a lead role in the ABC drama pilot Venice — and she’s not the only L Word alum joining the project.

Ilene Chaiken — who created the acclaimed Showtime series — is also headed to Venice, coming on board as showrunner and exec producer, our sister site Deadline reports.

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From Without a Trace‘s Byron Balasco, the Romeo and Juliet-esque soap explores two rival families living in the famed California beach town and the forbidden, dangerous romance that emerges between them. Beals will play the elegant Lisa Carver, matriarch to one of the two feuding clans.

Beals’ most recent TV credits include The Mob Doctor, Castle and The Chicago Code.

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  1. Scott says:

    Jennifer is awesome and very happy to hear she will be in this new show :)

  2. egolf says:

    Hmmm. I already watch a soap named Venice….Its on the web headlined by Emmy Winner Crystal Chappell. Check it out @venicetheseries plus all 3 seasons is now on YouTube.

  3. Eric says:

    Lisa Carver = LC = Lady Capulet. Oh-so-clever, ABC. Without doing any research (I’m not sure whether any of the other characters have been named yet), I can almost promise that the other duelling family’s surname will begin with the letter M.

  4. Shuayb says:

    I think she’ll play juliet’s mother… Probably a trophy wife of sorts….

  5. This show now must be picked up, I love her and deserve a successful show.
    Also im done with everyone who keeps saying this show is a show online, like get over it, there comes a time when shows will be called the same or close to it plus this will be a network tv show while the other is a tv show online so it’s two different things.

  6. Mina says:

    Didn’t the networks try this a few years ago with Olivia Wilde?

    • dude says:

      Sort of. It was called Skin and it was set around the porn business. I don’t think they’ll have much in common aside from the Romeo and Juliet thing.

  7. Jon says:

    This is great news. Beals’ appearance on The Mob Doctor was fantastic and should have been spun off into a series. I’m excited that she has this role and hopeful that the pilot will be picked up.

  8. jester says:

    Um there is already a Soap named Venice… and this is def not it! Its @VeniceTheSeries on Twitter… created by Crystal Chappell

    • dude says:

      We get it guys. Two shows have the same title. Only, one’s online so it doesn’t really count. Eventually, two people are going to have the same idea for a show title. If we’re factoring in network, cable AND online shows, it’s impossible for every one that comes out to have a totally unique title.

      • Ann Little says:

        Chaiken has plagiarised Crystal Chappell’s concepts for Venice the Series and The Grove, which has two rival families and is set in southern California. Whether it’s online or in outerspace, Dude man, doesn’t matter. Also, the LWord had a lgbt audience, which now enjoys Chappell’s offerings. It appears that Chaiken has stolen from her own community in order to produce an idea which doesn’t even cast any gay characters….yet.

  9. Sdb says:

    Strange how this show has the same name as Crystal Chappell’s first web series “Venice” and also has a very similar basic plot line to her second webseries “The Grove”.

  10. The Kaibosh says:

    Sounds very soapy. Love it.

  11. Jinjeon says:

    Love me some Jennifer Beals and will watching anything she’s in. Hope it’s gonna be picked up to series!

  12. Jane says:

    YES!! She is amazing and beautiful!

  13. leah says:

    I still miss Chicago code

  14. Rebecca says:

    So happy Jennifer Beals will be back on my tv. Huge girl crush on her thanks to the L Word.

  15. Lipstick Socialism says:

    So excited to have JB back on TV! You have been missed, girlfriend!!

  16. Josh says:

    I LOVE JENNIFER BEALS! She was fantastic on The Chicago Code and then went and canceled it. I hope this show doesn’t get canceled. Love you Jennifer Beals!

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  19. Rus girl says:

    Ilene C. means fantastic J. B. ! ))

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