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Donna Mills On ‘Knots Landing’s’ Abby: “I Would Give Anything To Play Her Again”

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The one and only Donna Mills is still as vital as ever at age 81.  Not only is her iconic role of Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner Scott on Knots Landing still the talk of many a longtime primetime soap opera fan, but she is looking to continue her impressive career with even more film and television roles.  Look no further than her part in Jordon Peele’s upcoming movie, Nope which drops on July 22nd.

In an excellent feature on La Mills with the Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman, she teases, although the role is small (she plays the role of Bonnie Clayton) she is sworn to secrecy about the details until the film premieres.  However, Donna did share the audition process on working for Peele, which included her performing a scene from the movie Blue Jasmine.  After Peele saw her audition, Mills shared.: “He said, ‘That was the best audition I have ever seen. You were fabulous, you nailed it. I’m going to send you the script. If you like it, the part is yours.’”

When touching on if Knots Landing were to get the reboot that everyone that loved the cul-de-sac and Seaview Circle is hoping for, Donna remarked: “I would give anything to play her again.” She added, “I would do Knots Landing again in a nanosecond. Absolutely.”

Mills also shared what she learned from playing vixen Abby on ‘Knots’: “I think I gained confidence playing her every day. When you’re confident, you don’t put up with that stuff. It’s very gratifying for me to know that Abby seemed to have helped a lot of women. They would tell me they would watch Abby and say ‘I can be like that, I can do that.’ Abby gave them strength. It really means a lot to know something I did helped people.”

So, do you hope there is still a chance for a ‘Knots Landing’ reboot?  Are you looking forward to seeing Donna in ‘Nope’? Share your thoughts via the comment section, but first check out the trailer for the Jordon Peele film below.

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I’m skeptical after being disappointed with Us.

Michaela
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Michaela

I would love to see Donna Mills in a Knots Landing Reboot. It could focus on her kids. Is David Austin Greene doing anything? Would love it. Saw Devane advertising gold and silver haha. He still looks great. Put him on too.

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Cool, she could have big family dinners with all the grandkids!

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Donna Mills is one of the greatest villains of villains! I loved her on Knots!

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I loved Knots. I loved her and John Pleshette so much.

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I’d love to see a Knots reboot! The original was must see for its entire run. Donna, Michele, and Joan were at at event in Palm Springs last year, all class acts to this day.

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How I loved this show! I looked forward to it every Thursday at 10 p.m. GREAT actors, fully developed characters, fun plots that didn’t drive you crazy with repetitiveness like today’s shows. A really class act all the way. Donna Mills was UNFORGETTABLE as Abby Fairgate Ewing Sumner…My favorite episodes were when Abby locked herself and daughter Olivia inside the house to force the girl to detox. Tonya Crowe was also excellent as the troubled Olivia. The other episode was when Abby had to “dispose” of Peter Hollister’s corpse, thinking Olivia had killed him. Moving that body from place to… Read more »

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‘Passions’ Alum James Hyde to Guest Star on The Young and the Restless

The mysterious back-story of just what Diane Jenkins was up to during her time away from Genoa City is getting another added lift on The Young and the Restless.

Now comes word that former Passions alum, James Hyde is taking on the role of Jeremy Stark, who has shared a connection with Diane in her past.

Look for James to appear in upcoming multiple episodes of the CBS sudser beginning on Friday, October 21st.

Hyde can also be currently be seen in the Netflix series, Monarca, and the upcoming Telemundo series, La Reina Del Sur, which bows on October 18.

Of course, soap fans remember James’ ten year run as Sam Bennett on the defunct NBC daytime drama, Passions.

So, just what will Jeremy and Diane’s past be? Glad to see James back on the soaps? Comment below.

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GH’s Avery Pohl on Esme’s Return: “She’s Using Her Time Wisely and Waiting For The Right Moment to Strike”

Next week, Esme Prince (Avery Pohl) is back lurking around Port Charles.  When viewers last saw Esme, she went over the parapet at Wyndemere during a showdown with Ava (Maura West).

For months, GH fans have been eagerly awaiting to see just how and when Esme would return to get revenge, or find out what she is after.  From the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, it looks like the wait is over.

In dishing with SOD on her on-screen return, Pohl shared that Esme is, “essentially on the run.”  However, she adds, “Esme is aware of the circumstances she’s put herself in.  She is aware that people are going to to be after her.  She’s not dumb.”

Just what’s in store for Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Ava, Trina (Tabyana Ali), Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) now that Esme is back?

As Esme’s plan begins to reveal itself, Pohl shares: “Before she goes right back into the thick of it, she scopes things out.  She’s using her time wisely and waiting for the right moment to strike.”

So, are you glad that finally Avery Pohl is back on GH as Esme? What do you hope happens next? Who do you think is Esme’s biological mother? Do you want her to get her comeuppance from the Cassadine clan and Trina? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Mishael Morgan Reveals Why She’s Taken ‘A Bit of a Step Back’ From Y&R and Gone on Recurring Status

This past June, we all celebrated the groundbreaking victory of The Young and the Restless‘ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair) as the first Black actress to ever win in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category during the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

In the months that followed, Mishael has not been seen as much on the top-rated CBS daytime drama, plus when fans noticed she was no longer in the opening main credits, it got them wondering just what is Morgan’s status with the show.

Finally today, via video on her Instagram story, Mishael shared some news after finishing her day of taping in Genoa City.

The Emmy-winner revealed she has indeed gone on recurring status with the show: “I just wrapped my last scenes back at Y&R, and I just wanted to let the cat out of the bag a little bit.  A lot of people have noticed that my name is not on the main credits anymore, and I wanted everybody to know that it was my decision.  I decided, actually, back in December, that I wanted to take a bit of a step back from the show.  I just felt like at this point in my life and this point in my career, I wanted to mix things up a little bit. But Y&R will always be home. I have so appreciated this safe place to land that they have given me, so I know that I can be back. They are like family to me, and coming back just reminds me of that.”

Morgan also thanked the loyal viewers and her followers expressing, “I’m so appreciative of you guys, and all the fans who have supported me along this Y&R journey. But I’m still on it, I’m still going to be recurring, so you’ll still catch me in Genoa City.”

The talented star ended with a tease of projects and roles to come, telling her fans to, “Keep looking out for new things.”

So will you miss not seeing Mishael as much on Y&R?  Are you exciting to see what roles and projects she gets involved with next? Are you glad she is still recurring with the show and will continue to make appearances in stories? Comment below.

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