ABC’s ‘Venice’ Casts ‘Young and the Restless’ Star Michael Graziadei

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Former soap star Michael Graziadei (ex-Daniel, Y&R) has joined the pilot for ABC’s upcoming primetime soap opera, Venice.

Graziadei, who wrapped an eight-year run as Daniel Romalotti on CBS’ The Young and the Restless last fall, will play Josh Nance, son of Gordy Nance (Bruce Greenwood). Josh is a rising star in his father’s company, poised to take over the family business. He has his father’s All-American good looks and best qualities of intelligence and incredible charm. He’s incredibly motivated, which gives him an edge, and is best friends with Chris Carver.

Venice, described as a “modern day Romeo & Juliet,” revolves around two rival families embroiled in a battle for control of Venice, California. A forbidden and dangerous romance emerges between the families, causing an all-out war. Byron Balasco (Without a Trace, Detroit 187) will write and executive produce the drama from Warner Bros. Television with Wonderland Sound and Vision’ McG (Nikita) and Peter Johnson attached to executive produce. McG will also direct the pilot.

He joins the recently cast Greenwood, Odette Annable as Sophie Nance, Josh’s sister and Gordy’s daughter; and Jennifer Beals as Lisa Carver, the matriarch of the Nances rival family.

Graziadei moonlit during his time on Y&R, booking recurring roles on The CW’s Secret Circle and FX’s American Horror Story. He is repped by Gersh and Main Title.