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Hunter King Made Series Regular On CBS Comedy LIFE IN PIECES, Will Go Recurring On Y&R!

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The Young and the Restless Hunter King (Summer Newman) will be pulling double duty, and will be heavily featured in the upcoming second season of the CBS comedy series, Life In Pieces!  If you watch the comedy you know that in the season one finale, King’s role of Clementine eloped with Niall Cunningham’s, Tyler!

According to Deadline, King now had been upped to series regular and joins a cast that also stars: Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg.

While King will be taping new episodes of Life In Pieces, she will go on recurring status with The Young and the Restless, where she has earned four Daytime Emmy nominations and two victories.  Life In Pieces creator/executive producer Justin Adler said of King’s talents:  “To have a dramatic actress who excels at comedy is a rare find. From her first day on set, Hunter has felt like a member of our family, and we couldn’t be more excited to make it official.”

King is the second Y&R cast member to land a leading role on a primetime series for the upcoming fall season, with Justin Hartley (Adam Newman) becoming the first with his new series, This Is Us on NBC.

So, what do you think of Hunter’s new primetime gig?  Do you think this means Y&R’s Luca (Miles Gaston Villenueva) and Summer will fizzle as duo ? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Love Hunter!

Me too Mark,. Hunter King is a wonderful actress. She deserves all the success. Hunter has won 2 DayTime Emmys, and she is only 23 years old. Good for her. The haters out there always pick on Hunter King. The haters will always hate, they are never happy.

Okay, here are two fans of Hunter’s. I stand corrected.

I agree Fred, Hunter is a wonderful actress. Hunter deserves her Daytime emmys.

Hunter is a very talented actress, and very pretty lady

Hunter is a classy, sassy lady. Her acting is terrific.

I’m so giddy that Hunter King is going recurring… why bother… she’s so uninteresting

Oops MCE

Sorry I loved case and Muhney together !!

I thought her role on Y&R was supposed to be comedic.

Bwa! Unfortunately the show doesn’t realize that its writing Summer as the ultimate “dumb blond”.

Same space she is gone please!!!!

Ok she is not in the same league as the original Colleen please go

Thank you! Not even in Colleen #2 or 3 league..

Ok here we go and please do not take this as an insult to the actress please get off that train!!! LF the original Colleen and TB had off the wall chemistry then an idiot wrote her out we lost her she would not come back ! Every once in a while you get actors that shoot chemistry off to he screen they simply look k at each other and it just flows it is very seldom Hunter has not captured that presence with an actor does not make her a bad actress she just never got it with anyone!i wish her nothing’s not but the best but time to go

Thad luckinball their lobe story was off the charts!

Love

And by the way the guy who plays Travis should have been the new Billy h screams playboy sexuality Che,is try with AH someone screwed up

Hunter King is a wonderful actress, way better than the original Colleen. Hunter has won 2 daytime emmys.

@k/kay

“…Hunter has not captured that presence with an actor ”

who does she have chemistry with?

this is a perfect example of plot driven to showcase… for no other reason… because she’s a character from a dullard Newman.

who does she chemistry with?

who cares about her?

what a waste of time

colleen and j.t !!!
loved them as a couple…. colleens death was so unnecessary and victors continued his evil ways even thou he has her heart
j.t s story with mac moving to washington was lame
still waiting for a writer with balls to bring colleen back and rewrite that horrible death!!!

So agree with you, damien.

Good for her and Y&R! Her and Luca are boring as a couple! Hopefully he leaves too!

William Yes she won twice in a row. She is J.F.P. favorite. She keeps getting front burner stories and those Emmys are so fixed there not worth watching. Take a look at the scenes she put in and won them for. Its a joke.

You go, girl!!!!!
Always on point, Nikki.

Luca has the personality of a door-knob and the disposition of a snake. Together, this couple is destructive to the viewer. Neither boosts the other’s persona on Y&R.

Celia…’invisible degrees’…TOO FUNNY…LOL!!!!! And, so true. Also, on soaps (in general), you ever notice how soap kids very, very rarely do homework…or very, very rarely attend school??? Beyond dumb.

Later, my friend.

I’m not a fan, so I have little interest.
However; her boob reduction looks really good.
Y&R- I would not mind losing Hunter but would mind losing Justin. He does have a great future in prime time and movies, without a doubt he will go far.

Anyways,, glad for both for getting prime time, wish them both well ..

Good eye Su! Did you read that she had a reduction somewhere or are you surmising that based on her picture above?

I never liked her acting. I found her to be so annoying when she scrunched up her face all of the time.

hi Abruzzfan..
I worked with a plastic surgeon for 8 years..
I can, without hesitation, spot the work done LOL I could write a list.
I noticed her breast reduction after she returned and stood sideways lol..
And, she looks great.

Don’t take Su’s word for ANYTHING!!! He is a miserable man who just posted that HE loves to see rapists on soaps. Ray Gardner and Billy Clyde. Yes, that’s certainly what we need…MORE rape!!! You go Su!!!

Dylan, I missed those posts but I do say I absolutely adored Billy Clyde Tuggell as a quirky villain who made me laugh with his add libbing and dark humor. Ray Gardner was a bone chilling villain. Both characters were very well written and brilliantly acted.
But I do NOT enjoy seeing rapist on the television. I think one of the worst rapist in soap opera history was Michael Cambias from AMC who raped Bianca.

@Su – I agree that she looks great! After you pointed it out, I can now see the difference. I would love to hear more about “the list”? Unfortunately, I am not very good at recognizing what work people have had been done. Do tell! I would love some tips. 🙂

@Harry – I also adored Billy Clyde Tuggell, especially his quirkiness. I also don’t like to see any rape stories either.

Ray Gardner and Billy Clyde did much more villiness things than a rape they went in all directions spreading their matham ,they were by the far the most renowned villains of soap history.. Everybody has heard of them.
who created and wrote them. Agnes? <– the mother of great soaps.

I agree with Harry, Billy Clyde did give a few chuckles, he was over the top loonytunes and as dark as they come. Ray was the worse from what I've seen of them.

I wish I could have seen all their stories, my neighbor introduced me to them by tape, I really enjoyed their time, and youtube etc.
I would go bonkers for either one to be in Port Charles!

“…By far the most renowned villains of soap history”? I would suggest GL’s Roger Thorpe is a contender for that title. And, yes, rape stories can be distasteful, but the Roger-Holly marital rape storyline was groundbreaking for its time and opened a lot of eyes. That story cemented the two characters (and actors) as two of the best in daytime ever.

I must admit the show is one of my new favorites and on this.. She’s good.. So maybe her acting choice on y&r IS to make summer clueless and a bumbling boob.. well done… if that IS the case

i’m tapped out… ‘Life in Pieces” is also a CBS show

so now… all of a sudden… Hunter King is given a reprieve… and showcased as a dumb blond

LOL

I posted… and it got lost in the shuffle… that comedic timing… is the most challenging of all the acting profession… I get that

so to see Hunter King… heralded.. that her act on CBS Y&R was all a façade and make believe

OK… that two time emmy winner gets

nothing worth

LOL Patrick..I did say IF and IS..or Dianne Wiest told her…OH NO YOU DON’T…that character may work across the Lot but not on this side..show those acting chops LOL..she did have to impress a lot of people to become a regular sooo…

CYA……

Congrats to Hunter!
Much deserved.

They should recast her with Kristen Alderson

Great idea ….however Kristen has moved back to NYC.

and you know this…..and know for a fact she would NOT take this career move??

Although not a fan of the actress, I think the character Summer Newman is important to the show— a soap needs a core family to be the engine and the further away a soap gets from their core characters the more the soap suffers. So many might be happy to see less of Summer on screen, personally I rather see the character recast altogether and given the stories that will ensure the next generation of the core family lives on.

The fact the producers are willing to let the character take a back seat while Hunter is off doing another show, just proves they play favorites with their cast– if this had happened to an actor JFP didn’t like, they wouldn’t have been given the time off and the role would have been recast– so recast the role of Summer and let Hunter move on to bigger and better things.

Oh my gosh I sooooo agree. Let her go and move on. This time recast a Summer that works well with the Newman’s. I never liked Summer from way back when she first started but the fact that they are letting her have this time off show how they cater to their babies which makes me dislike her more. Didn’t Billy Miller & M. Stafford want to pursue other interest outside of Y & R as well? Where did they go? PLEASE JFP recast Summer and the best really is Kristen Alderson. She would look more the role and suit the part better than H.K.

Mary & Nikki – I completely agree.

Yes, Nikki. As it is, Hunter is a all wrong portraying a business woman. She does not exude that IT factor that is such an integral part of international savoir-faire. Did she go to Business College? Oh, I forgot. Kids on soap all have invisible degrees. LOL
I like Luca even less. Now, is Summer totally naive to the ways of men (she’s been ‘around’) ? Or, she she just dense?
Oh, I can almost taste Kristen in the role of Summer. But, as Fanny pointed out, she does live in New York. But, situations change. I can only wish!!

Glad to see her go, I wish her well in the prime time arena. They should recast the role and not with a FOJ.

Let her go and hire Julie Bergman as the new and improved summer!

Very good idea!!

Maybe 15 years ago, sure!

Yes, Bergman is only a couple of years younger than Gina Tognoni, who plays Phyllis, Summer’s mother.
Moreover, I am still aching for Bergman to come back to GH and reclaim her role as Lulu.

Berman

Yes.

Furthermore Julie Berman is now on Chicago Med on NBC and killing it in primetime.. Of course we all knew she would.. She reminds me of Kathryn Heigl from Gray’s anatomy.. she’s done with daytime at this point in her career.. Not to say she won’t return.. But it will be a good while.. And she’ll be able to negotiate a much better contract when she decides to come back to GH down the road

Shouldn’t TALENT play a part??!?

I thought the actress was already on recurring.

really like her …. not sure why she has nt shared more scenes with her parents who really need her support right now… its all about her with luca, her aunt vic and ol vic
y n r cant hold on to their most promising young female leads thou… the colleens, the second and better lily, original abby

Can MM come back now.

Carol…I don’t think that Michael Muhney would ever come back to Y&R…especially since JFP is still there.

Just saying……….

You’re right, Jay. Too much heavy-duty stuff went down when Muhney was on board. Too many loose strings and tongues left hanging. There is also the matter of a man’s pride.

I am happy for her. I always like seeing our soap stars do well.

Hey…if this means ‘less Summer onscreen’, then I am all for it…LOL!!!!!

Just saying……….

Hopefully this means less of Summer. I really don’t like her character. She comes across as brainless and wears a perpetual pout. No joy there. Good luck to the actress.

To me, her acting improved over time; nothing to write home about. The Luca relationship has no “sparks.” The sudden rise to her (Luca’s) strategic insights regarding the oil industry boarders on the ridiculous as does Victoria’s acceptance of her revelations.

Politics exists in all professions. I wish her well but find the prominence emphasized recently befuddling; not that to be befuddled by a soap is unusual.

Wish I could tell when the writer’s are playing with me and I should laugh, which does happen, or when I am justifiably deflated. Too be fair things were starting to pick up and moving somewhat faster. Then something like Victor and the doctor makes me want to stop watching. It had better be a key connector.

I have to remind myself this is a soap and most actors are especially talented in this arena.

Congratulations to her.

I think she is a good actress and has done well on Y&R. I don’t particularly like her storyline right now, but that’s up to the writers. Asking a guy she’s been sleeping with for a few weeks to move in with her is not smart, but then again, she did marry Austin after he kidnapped her aunt so making smart love decisions is not Summer’s forte, but then again, she is Phyllis’ daughter!

My question is this: When my wonderful Billy Miller wanted to persue other projects, the “powers that be” turned him down, thus using a somewhat powerful as revolving door for a host of actors that we, as dedicated viewer’s and fans would get use to only to have that said actor leave and we would have to start over with a new one. Why the special treatment for one and not the other. I’m just saying

Your answer you’ll find on fishwrappers.

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AEW’s Tony Khan Talks Hiring of Soap Vet Jennifer Pepperman, Sting’s Retirement Match at ‘Revolution’ and His Well-Deserved Send-Off

On Thursday during a media call, AEW President, Tony Khan fielded questions from the press leading up to Sunday’s AEW: Revolution pay-per-view (8 pm ET). Khan spoke on a myriad of topics including: the hiring of former One Life to Live executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman, and that Sunday will be the final match of the iconic Sting’s wrestling career.

Pepperman, who made news last week when she jumped from rival WWE as Senior Writer/Producer to AEW as its VP Content Development, brings with her experience as not only the former EP of Prospect Park’s One Life to Live, but as a Daytime Emmy-winning director for One Life, As the World Turns, as well as the digital series, After Forever.

Khan addressed the addition of Pepperman and what she brings to the table for AEW, “I love the world of soap operas and I think it’s fascinating the work she’s done. She’s an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and it’s a very different medium than soap opera, but obviously there are similarities. It was a unique hire when she joined pro wrestling and now she’s learned the wrestling business. There are a lot of wrestlers that have great experience working with her and so she was a popular hire. I think she adds a lot.  She would add a lot to any women’s story. She can add ideas, but she also adds ideas to men’s stories. I think any aspect of it wrestling or television that you’re working on, Jen, can be insightful, and she’s very additive. I wanted to bring Jen in to help just with AEW all across the board.”

“Jen is somebody who’s got a really great wrestling mind,” Khan expressed. “It’s really nice to have somebody like Jen who has experience in pro wrestling but also a lot of experience in television.  A lot of the people who had worked with Jen previously, had really great things to say about her, and on my visits with her I really liked her a lot. She was very excited about what she’d seen in AEW and she’s fitting in great. We’ve done a lot of shows now, and she’s been doing a great job catching up on it. She brings a lot of knowledge of pro wrestling and television from outside AEW.”

Photo: AEW

It’s going to be a sad day for Sting fans all around the world, when he wrestles in his final match this Sunday. Khan shared how important it was to him, to AEW, and to Sting, for him to go out with one final historic match. “I’m very excited about AEW Revolution, first and foremost being Sting’s last pro wrestling match and Sting’s retirement,” Tony shared. “I think he’s been a huge part of pro wrestling for my entire life. He’s been a hero since I was very young and when Sting came into AEW, I was so excited. This is exactly where I hoped we would get – setting up an incredible retirement match for Sting this Sunday at Revolution. He’s an incredible pro wrestler and an incredible man, and giving him the send off that he deserves – these past few years has been really important to me and now having a match for the weekend with high states, a personal rivalry, a great story, it’s going to be a tremendous show. It’s got certainly something that nobody will ever forget and that is Sting’s final wrestling match.”

The Greensboro Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina is where Sunday’s AEW Revolution will emanate from. Khan believes, “It’s the perfect place to pay tribute to Sting’s great career in the Greensboro Coliseum. It was where Sting really first arrived on the national map in 1988.”

Sting appearing on Wednesday night’s AEW Dynamite was also special. Khan felt, “It was very fitting that he had his final appearance last night on TBS.”  Tony added, “Sting coming down from the rafters one last time I thought was a perfect way to cap off the final ‘Dynamite’ before ‘Revolution” and the final ‘Dynamite’ of Sting’s career. After 37 years on TBS .. and being so identifiable with it, it’s pretty special and pretty rare, and it’s befitting the great career and the great person that we have in Sting.”

While some feel Sting may be back in some capacity with AEW behind the scenes, Khan says anything is on the table. “When Sting came back in 2020, he did not need the money. Sting is very, very well off and has earned a lot of money in his career and is taking care of it very well,” Tony related. “He’s really a great person and he’s made great investments and he does this because he loves it. He loves the fans and he wanted to have a great run in wrestling and for these past three years, that’s exactly what we’ve done.  So for me, I would love to have Sting back in AEW anytime. I know he said he would like to come back. We won’t hold him or force him to come back at any point. Now is a great time for Sting to take time for himself and his family after this and whatever the result is Sunday, I think Sting can take pride that he’s had the most incredible final run.”

So, what did you think about the words Tony Khan expressed on the hiring of Jennifer Pepperman who brings both her soap opera and wrestling experience to AEW? We have always said that pro wrestling is a ‘soap opera in the ring’ and apparently Khan knows there is link to the two as well.  And, are you ready for Sting’s final match in his legendary career? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Sloan Recast: Natasha Hall Temporarily Fills-In For Jessica Serfaty

Sloan will have a new look for several upcoming episodes on Days of our Lives. Natasha Hall will step in for Jessica Serfaty the week of March 4-8

A spokesperson for DAYS confirmed to Soap Opera Digest, that Hall will take on the role of Sloan Petersen for three episodes.

If Natasha looks familiar she was seen on Netflicx’s The Kominsky Method and has appeared on The Rookie, S.W.A.T., Mom, HBO’s Entourage and the movie Game Night.

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Serfaty began in her run as Sloan back in August of 2022, and has been heavily featured in the Nicole baby switch storyline where along with Melinda Trask (Tina Huang), Sloan is passing of Nicole and Eric’s baby, as her adopted chid, while Nicole continues to mourn the loss of the little bundle of joy.

Since Days had been taking 6 to 7 months ahead of streaming its episodes on Peacock, Hall taped her scenes filling in for Serfaty months ago.

So, interested to see what Natasha Hall brings to the role of Sloan, while Jessica is temporarily off the show? Comment below.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Reacts to ‘The Bachelor’ Joey Graziadei Having ‘No Idea’ Who She Is On ‘Live with Kelly and Mark’

Let’s set the stage! Kathie Lee Gifford was previously mentioned by Today Show’s Hoda Kotb and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos as someone who would make a great lead for the upcoming dating-reality series competition, The Golden Bachelorette.

Then came the Wednesday February 28th episode of Live with Kelly and Mark, when the current ‘Bachelor’ leading man, Joey Graziadei was the guest.

During his interview, Kelly and Mark asked Graziadei what his thoughts were on Gifford becoming the first-ever ‘Golden Bachelorette’.

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Graziadei’s response was: “I will be honest… I have no idea who Kathie Lee Gifford is.” That prompted some boos and some laughs from the in-studio audience. Joey added, ‘I’m only 28! I’m sorry!”

In a response to a post on X featuring the faux-pas, Gifford reacted by saying: “I don’t expect him to know me. I’ve got shoes that are older than this kid is!”

Photo: ABC

Gifford received the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She has also been in the chair occupied by Ripa on ‘Live’. From 1985 to 2000, Kathie Lee and Regis Philbin were the co-hosts of  the morning talk show. She then went on to co-host the fourth hour of Today in 2008 and continued till 2019.

When E! News asked Kotb about Gifford potentially getting the nod as the “Golden Bachelorette”, she shared, “By the way, she would be a 10 plus, and she’d get her choice of all the men, and you know how she is all flirty and cute.”

So, what do you think about Joey not knowing who Kathie Lee is? Could it possibly be that ABC would cast Gifford as the ‘Golden Bachelorette’? Comment below.

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