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Kiara Barnes Lands Role On ‘Fantasy Island’ Reboot and Will Exit The Bold and the Beautiful

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In casting news today, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kiara Barnes will be leaving the CBS soap opera for her series regular role in Fox’s upcoming reboot of Fantasy Island that will debut this summer.

According to Deadline, Barnes has landed the role of Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul. She arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, but Roarke and the island give her a new lease on life.

This Fantasy Island reimagining from the original ABC series, delves into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

According to a show spokesperson as to Barnes’ exit on B&B, she will continue as Zoe in her current story arc until the first week of July.

In a statement, B&B’s executive producer and head writer shared: “It’s been a pleasure having Kiara in the role of Zoe Buckingham on The Bold and the Beautiful. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Kiara debuted as Zoe Buckingham back in 2018.  No word yet if the character will be recast, or somehow exit the canvas.

The actress tweeted on the news: ” Soooo…the cat is officially out of the bag! I’m so excited to be joining the cast for FANTASY ISLAND on FOX!!! I’m so grateful for everyone who made this possible. Dreams really do come true. Continue to believe, and you will receive.  Cheers to a new adventure!”

So, what do you think of Kiara’s new role on the Fantasy Island reboot? Comment below.

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Why are they doing a reboot? Just air the original episodes. Is she a series regular on FI?

I think B&B will survive.

Jimmy
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This is no loss to B&B. And there’s also no need to recast the role. While we’re at it, can Zoe take Paris, Flo & Shauna with her? I’d much rather see Maya & Nicole brought back. Maybe after Karla Mosely wraps her stint on Y&R?

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Jimmy
Yes for you and can we add one more? Quinn, absolutely ca not stand that woman She’s made every man she’s been with miserable, and poor Eric, let’s not even get into what she wants to do with him!

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I dont understand either why b n b would replace Maya and Nicole and their family with Zoe and Paris?! It feels sooo contrived. Maya and Nicole along with their parents were natural and actually have history and could be a viable minority family along with the Forresters, Logans and Spencers! Very poor choice.
Erase the wrong Bill Bell, bring back the original Nicole and Zende, if not recast and Maya! Even Shauna was much better as a foil than this Zoe. I still like Paris, shes a breathe of fresh air. But overall The Buckinghams are weakkkk!

Dennis M
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Dennis M

ALL OF THIS!!

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I wish Kiara the best of luck and i hope they do recast Zoe but find someone as great as Kiara is.

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Maybe finally give Carter a good storyline. Pairing him with Zoe never made since when they could’ve kept Karla Moseley and put Carter with Maya. Maybe put him with Katie (tired of the Bill/Katie).

Dennis M
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I think they should bring back the Avants and do a middle-age love story with Julius, Vivienne and Lt. Baker. The Avant’s marriage is rocky due to Julius’ affair (that produced Sasha) and his opposition to Maya’s transition. Those three actors are capable of pulling off a strong and compelling story. Bell can even cast Sasha’s mother to make it a quadrangle.

Ozzie Lee
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This is the SECOND reboot of Fantasy Island. The original is a classic.

Ozzie Lee
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Ozzie Lee

Unless your characters name is Logan and or Forrester….Bell has no clue how to write and sustain new characters. Flashy debuts that fizzle to nothing.

Ella Rose
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I wish her the best. She is a wonderful actress, and I look forward to the reboot. Nice article! You gave us all the info we needed. Thanks.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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