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Y&R’s Hunter King Lands Leading Role In New ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Prospect’

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In intriguing casting news out today, The Young and the Restless two-time Daytime Emmy winner,  Hunter King (Summer) is set to headline a new comedy pilot for ABC. The former Life in Pieces star (where she played Clementine for four seasons) for CBS ,will star in the single-camera comedy entitled Prospect.

King will play the role of Abigail Lansing (King), who said to be an idealistic young woman who moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher, but her ideals quickly are tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children.

According to Deadline the description of King’s character goes something like this: “Abigail Lansing is proper, smart, a little awkward and chatty but always positive, friendly and hopeful, with a healthy dose of 19th century feminism. Abigail is a young woman from Boston who is thrilled to be able to set off on her own adventure as a schoolteacher in the western prairie town of Prospect. Somewhat starry-eyed, she envisions herself preparing adorable young children for their future with an education. Abigail discovers when she gets to Prospect that it’s not going to be what she thought it was. For one thing, she has to teach adult men, not children, and her living situation is a little more rustic, and awkward, than she expected. Abigail has to rethink some of her expectations but decides with characteristic spunk and optimism that there’s good work to be done here in Prospect — on her own terms.”

Hunter attended the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards this past Saturday night with her sister, Joey King.

So, what do you think of King’s upcoming project? No word yet on what this potentially could mean for her role as Summer on Y&R.  Comment below.

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Hunter King ;
Life in Pieces, was CBS
Prospect, is ABC

She has a good agent ..

Momo
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Momo

Hmmm….don’t know if this sounds interesting or not. I hope she stays on Y&R.

Joy
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I don’t really like the Summer storyline so she could leave and I wouldn’t miss her!

SZima
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SZima

Dare we hope Summer will leave for good this time?
PLEASE?!?!?!?!!!!

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soapqueenforever

Remember, we are talking about a daytime soap. If Hunter doesn’t come back, there is always that one simple word, recast. Which I hope doesn’t happen because I am really not fond of them. And I am really not liking where the whole Lola Kyle Theo (yuck) Summer storyline is going. Maybe Jack could send Summer away on business for awhile and give Lola and Kyle a chance to sort things out. I guess we will just have to wait and see. And on a side note if there are any viewers of the Bold and the Beautiful out there,… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

No, we were not told what Sally has. When the doctor informed her, the camera was on the outside.

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soapqueenforever

I saw that as well. I sometimes channel surf during boring scenes and I thought I might of missed something while doing so. Thank you for your reply and Happy viewing

Harry
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Right? Kyle gazed at Lola with utter adulation washing over his face. He never looks at Summer that way. When he was blackmailed into marrying Summer in order to save Lola’s life, Kyle looked like a fox stuck in a snare ready to chew his own paw off in order to get away from her. And now we are supposed to believe that Kyle always had Summer in his heart? I don’t buy it, this is horrible writing. While I like Hunter King and think she’s a solid actress, I detest that self-entitled, spoiled brat Summer. Shakespeare writes in Sonnet… Read more »

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I completely agree that this 180 degree turn in Kyle’s feelings for Summer is hard to believe??? This is inconsistent and way out there!

Su000
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Su000

It’s the sex–
No woman turns Kyle on like Summer can-
Sex is a high percentage of their relationship.
Summer must have some heavy moves lol .
Love is one thing but sex is whoa another.
and- Lola is way too lacklustre for Kyle
he needs a hot sexy exciting woman,
that is not Lola..

Shari
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I am TEAM LOLA so I hope this show gets picked up and the character of Summer goes far away from Y&R!

Soapqueenforever
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Soapqueenforever

We can only hope

Dot J.
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Dot J.

That new project for Hunter King sounds like a good fit… I like her as Summer but she may feel it’s time to try something new… good luck Hunter!

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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