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Victoria Rowell’s "The Rich & The Ruthless" Bows Today On Urban Movie Channel!

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Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla, The Young and the Restless) highly-anticipated series based on her novel “The Rich & The Ruthless” comes to life and bows today as episode one is now available on the Urban Movie Channel.

The series “The Rich & The Ruthless” is a six-episode soap-within-a-soap about the first African-American-run daytime drama.

Rowell plays a just-out-of-rehab actress who wants to return to her old role. Lucky for her, she’s married to the showrunner (Richard Brooks). Unlucky for him, the series is about to lose its soundstages after 2o years to a talk show, and the last thing he needs to deal with is a diva.

Doing anything to keep the show on the air, he moves his production company to Jamaica, which is the backdrop for the series. Rowell, plays the role of Kitty Barringer wanting to be back on top in the world of soaps at all costs, and in her beloved role as “Blue Sylla”!

Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens co-wrote the series along with Rowell. Make sure to subscribe to UMC to view the six-part sudser!

So, will you be checking out all the soapy antics of “The Rich & The Ruthless”?  Comment below.

 

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Jimh
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Jimh

HMM…sounds like the perfect example of typecasting-lol

penny
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penny

She got the idea from Y&R. LOL!

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I hope this show get good ratings.

Celia
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Celia

Same here, Lou. I am one of the few who loves Victoria. I wish she could return to Y&R….her family needs her. But, I know that won’t happen due to the ‘cold’ air between her and CBS. Too bad!!
Dru and Neil….a memorable couple, regardless of all their travails together.

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damien

ditto about dru at y n r!
y n r has been so lacklustre i feel it needs a serious shot in the arm!
drucilla / victoria rowell back would be some make some serious gc buzz!
lily and hilarys rivalry had so much potential but crystal s portaryal of a cheated on wife by the sleazy cane has been so subdued i ve lost intrest. Dru needs to come back and fight for her children and husband against cane and hilary as only the great victoria rowell could!

Celia
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Celia

@damien.
Well said….especially the Cane part. Never took to him.
I am glad the writers are ringhting a wrong where Cane is concerned. Billy is no saint….never was; but, I don’t ever remember him doing something so evil and underhanded.
It’s time Cane pay the piper, damien.
Dru could turn this around for the Winters family in one fell swoop.

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k/kay

I know this woman is a. Pain in the backside but she is so needed at Y&R

Celia
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Celia

I am glad we agree, kay. I hadn’t scrolled down yet….hadn’t read your comment, LOL. Great minds, haha.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

No Thank You. N-e-x-t……….

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Exactly, Jay!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Good luck, Victoria! I am glad she is putting her energy elsewhere.

Boop
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Boop

No pain to me; at least not anymore than some of the other stars. I need to find the channel. I want her back at Y& R , also, k/kay; plus, Michael Muhney or Engel as Adam .

damien
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damien

chris engel back as adam would be amazing!
i liked him and the original heather together.
paul could use some family now too!
i feel the newman crap has been recycled enough already. some shift towards paul and chris or michael and laurens family would be refreshing.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks, damien and Boop, for mentioning the original Adam. His name is actually Chris Engen. I certainly enjoyed him. As I recall (and verified online), the actor left Y&R because he refused to kiss another man (Yani Gellman who played Rafe). I believe he was willing to wear a dress for storyline purposes, but kissing another man was a bridge too far, however… I’ve known that type… 🙂 Then Michael Muhney, willing to kiss another man, took over the role. I definitely enjoyed both Muhney and Engen! And I would welcome either of them back to Y&R with open arms… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

The actress who originally played Heather Stephens was very good. In particular, I liked the interaction between the character and Victor. Victor would give her his typical attitude and this actress was able to give it right back to him.

Engen was good as Adam as well.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I don’t have any interest in watching her show. That being said, it is nice to see an item discussing her where the subject is something other than her trashing of Y&R!!

JK
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JK

THANK YOU…TOTALLY AGREE……

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davlestev1

It’s been a while since I’ve commented here but after this screening I have book choice. AWFUL doesn’t BEGIN to describe what I just grated my teeth through. As VR is credited as writer it stands to reason it started with the first scenes throwing major shade at Y&R and P&G. Up to and including the infamous deliberately spit on me scene. After that it was a complete hot mess. A mumbling lead actress you litetally couldn’t understand. Off the wall and over the top black caricature actresses that ALL acted like that nosey “but I ain’t one to gossip”… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

Sorry, I will NOT watch this mess of a show.
Victoria has done nothing but cause trouble since she left Y&R, filing law suits over anything she could think of, so I have no interest in watching a show she is attached to.
VR has an ego the size of Texas…there is a reason she can’t get hired on an established show.
Sorry to anyone else attached to this production, but VR is poison to many soap fans!

penny
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penny

So excited! Forever Victoria Rowell, she’s a Goddess! We need to get you on OWN.

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Lori Loughlin To Make Holiday Movie For Great American Family

Lori Loughlin (Ex-EON and Full House) will be making a holiday movie for Great American Family. Look for production to start later this year.

The announcement of the upcoming Christas pic follows on the heels of Loughlin’s Fall Into Winter which dropped on January 28th on GAF.

The movie marked Lori’s first romantic comedy screen appearance since serving time in 2020 for her part in the college admissions scandal. She returned to acting after her prison time, and after being let go by the Hallmark Channel in When Hope Calls which was a spinoff of When Calls the Heart.

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media had previously shared: “Lori is a genre-defining star that I have had the honor to call a close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years. We have a shared vision for creating meaningful and memorable movies that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming her back to Great American Family to anchor our 2023 winter programming slate.”

So what do you think of a Lori Loughlin/Great American Family holiday film on the way for later in 2023? Comment below.

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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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