Browse Month: February 2016

The Soapy Reign of the “Queens of Drama”

Daytime dramas are an art form that have gradually dwindled over the past decade. With the jobs for actors and actresses of the genre disappearing, a scripted reality series entitled the “Queens of Drama” makes an attempt for a bit of revitalizing to the “soap opera.”

The setting puts together actresses that are familiar to most fans of the daytime drama. The concept of the show; a sextet of daytime actresses (i.e. the “Queens of Drama”) converge together with the overall idea of crafting and pitching a daytime show to the major networks. The “Queens of Drama”: Vanessa Marcil, Chrystee Pharris, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills, Lindsey Hartley and Crystal Hunt are all known for daytime and prime time roles respectively.

The show’s six actresses all of play variations of soap opera characters. There’s Vanessa Marcil, known for her role on “General Hospital”, who takes the role of spearheading the project. Donna Mills from “Knots Landing” and from “General Hospital”, enters the picture with the support that Vanessa needs to get the ball rolling. Hunter Tylo, an alumni of “Bold and the Beautiful”, enters the picture as well and fully on board with the project. Before anyone knows it, Hunter Tylo is pitching the idea and taking meetings with networks drawing the ire of everyone involved. Joan Collins, widely known for her role on “Dynasty”, is seen in a guest capacity injecting soap nostalgia into the show.

Lindsey Hartley and Crystal Hunt bring the scripted “catty” situation into the show. Lindsey Hartley, last seen on “Days of Our Lives”, is currently finding herself auditioning for mother roles for acting jobs, and Crystal Hunt from “One Life to Live” has no problem in reminding Lindsey Hartley that although she is in her late thirties, she is now that old of an actress. It’s a manufactured situation between the two actresses akin to an actual soap opera, even with Chrystee Pharris, last seen on the defunct soap opera “Passions”, trying to assume the role of mediator between the two women.

All of the actresses involved in the “Queens of Drama” possess more to their repertoire than just roles on popular daytime dramas. For example, starting off as Lizzie Spaulding on “Guiding Light” and “Gigi Morasco” on “One Life to Live,” Metacritic would indicate that Crystal Hunt has been seen in the role as “Dinky” in the 2007 movie “Sydney White”, and Crystal has also been seen as “Lauren” in the 2015 movie “Magic Mike XXL.” Not only being one of the “Queens of Drama,” Straight from her Instagram you can see Crystal Hunt also owns a high-end pet boutique in her hometown of Clearwater, Florida, and recently produced a movie entitled “Talbot County.”  Be sure to look up Crystal’s Facebook page if you’re a fan!

A casting call for season 2 of “Queens of Drama” has recently been released with a six to ten episode quota. Season 1 can currently be seen on the POP Network, Fridays at 8 pm.