Late last month I blogged about the long awaited season premier of “Venice the Series” (here) and to my delight the pilot episode did not disappoint. Those of us who watched Otalia on the US soap “Guiding Light” will be able to appreciate it a little more but those of you who didn’t will still be able to enjoy a lesbian show that was envisaged by three ladies who wanted to give us lesbians what we crave, a decent storyline out there front and centre. Crystal Chappell stars in the show and along with writer Kim Turrisi and director Hope Royaltey (the three ladies are exec. producers) she has made a show which we all hope will have lesbian characters at its core, the more of that the better.
The first episode is a little over six minutes long and it introduces us to the two main characters played by Chappell and her Otalia counterpart Jessica Leccia. The two appear to be exes, but in typical lesbian fashion it seems they have tried their relationship more than once.
I have to say I was eagerly anticipating this episode and I was not disappointed. However, from this point on the show is a subscription service and each season will now cost $9.99 to view.
So what do we think ladies, is this what we need, pay per view storylines?
For my part I think it is. The women who are making the show are doing so off their own bat and it doesn’t come for free. They have a crew to pay, actors, locations and all the rest, so I think it is fair enough. Perhaps $9.99 seems a bit steep when you consider the length of the episodes, perhaps a “donation” would be a better idea? Then again, these things cost a lot of money to put on screen, even the net. Plus, when you subscribe you get some behind the scenes extras which are always fun.
I have been chatting on YouTube about it with quite a few lesbians from around the globe and so far most are more than willing to pay. One woman from Venezuela was saying there was no way she could afford it and that was disappointing to see, I’m sure she is not alone. However, someone else was saying they heard on the Venice Facebook page that there will be a DVD available at some stage so perhaps people who can’t afford the subscription will be able to afford that, or know someone who can.
I have to admit to being surprised we had to pay but I am more than willing to do so. However, I do genuinely feel for those people who really can’t afford it. Some of the women I talk to on YouTube are from parts of the world where outlets like this are all they have and it seems a shame that they might not be able to access it. However the reality is that the subscription fees for season 1 are needed to pay the costs of making season 2 and so on. This is the harsh reality. The women making this show are doing their best to pull free of TV money but unfortunatly they still have bills to pay and if there is no TV exec to sort it out then subscriptions and the V Shop seem like decent options.